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“Dialogue Between Frederick Ruysch and His Mummies” by Giacomo Leopardi (1827)

Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 17:57

The great Italian writer uses the macabre creations of the seventeenth-century Dutch anatomist Frederik Ruysch to reflect upon the mysteries of death.


Out From Behind This Mask

Thursday 27 July 2017 at 17:16

A Barthesian bristle and the curious power of Walt Whitman’s posthumous eyelids — D. Graham Burnett on meditations conjured by a visit to the death masks of the Laurence Hutton Collection.


Destination Earth (1956)

Wednesday 26 July 2017 at 18:26

Great little promotional cartoon from the height of the Cold War championing not only the wonders of oil but also free-market capitalism. Features the overthrow of the suspiciously Stalin-like leader of Mars named Ogg.


The Heart of Man; Either a Temple of God, or a Habitation of Satan; Represented in Ten Emblematical Figures (1851)

Tuesday 25 July 2017 at 17:10

Ten illustrations which, in a wonderful marriage of word and image, plot out the life of the Christian soul.


The History of Ink: Including its Etymology, Chemistry, and Bibliography (1860)

Wednesday 19 July 2017 at 18:54

Delightful little book from Thaddeus Davids and co, one of the largest ink manufacturers of their time: a wonderful example of form matching content.


Music in the Margins: The Funeral of Reynard the Fox (13th century)

Thursday 13 July 2017 at 18:21

A motley crew of anthropomorphic animals found adorning the lower margins of a finely illuminated book of hours produced in late thirteenth-century England.


Inventing the Recording

Wednesday 12 July 2017 at 18:09

Eva Moreda Rodríguez on the formative years of the recording industry, focusing on the culture surrounding the gabinetes fonográficos of fin-de-siècle Spain.


Micromégas by Voltaire (1752)

Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 19:18

Early sci-fi short story by Voltaire recounting a visit to Earth by Micromégas, an inhabitant of a distant planet which circles the star Sirius, and his companion hailing from Saturn.


The Concealed Erotic Paintings of Sommonte (19th Century)

Thursday 6 July 2017 at 17:53

A wonderfully unique object, at first glance merely a painting of roses, but with hidden erotic scenes beneath.


Lover of the Strange, Sympathizer of the Rude, Barbarianologist of the Farthest Peripheries

Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 18:04

CONJECTURES #5 — Winnie Wong brings us a short biography of the Chinese curioso Pan Youxun (1745-1780). At issue? Hubris, hegemony, and global art history.