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16th-Century Ornament Print T-Shirt

Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 18:32

IMAGE: Highly elaborate ornament print from Cornelis Floris. On the one hand, prints such as these had a functional value, serving as inspiration for craftsmen, such as goldsmiths or carpenters, whose adorning of objects and buildings with ornate designs was in much demand at the time. On the other hand, they are stunning pieces of artwork in their own right, twisting as they do traditional motifs from Roman art and�


The Empathetic Camera: Frank Norris and the Invention of Film Editing

Wednesday 20 May 2015 at 17:10

At the heart of American author Frank Norris' gritty turn-of-the-century fiction lies an essential engagement with the everyday shock and violence of modernity. Henry Giardina explores how this focus, combined with his unique approach to storytelling, helped to pave the way for a truly filmic style.


Scurvy and the Terra Incognita

Wednesday 6 May 2015 at 17:39

One remarkable symptom of scurvy, that constant bane of the Age of Discovery, was the acute and morbid heightening of the senses. Jonathan Lamb explores how this unusual effect of sailing into uncharted territory echoed a different kind of voyage, one undertaken by the Empiricists through their experiments in enhancing the senses artificially.


Forgotten Failures of African Exploration

Wednesday 22 April 2015 at 17:36

Dane Kennedy reflects on two disastrous expeditions into Africa organised by the British in the early-19th century, and how their lofty ambitions crumbled before the implacable realities of the continent.


Black on Black

Thursday 9 April 2015 at 18:08

Should we consider black a colour, the absence of colour or a suspension of vision produced by a deprivation of light? Beginning with Robert Fludd's attempt to picture nothingness, Eugene Thacker reflects* on some of the ways in which blackness has been used and thought about through the history of art and philosophical thought.


Ignorant Armies: Private Snafu Goes to War

Wednesday 25 March 2015 at 17:12

Between 1943 and 1945, with the help of Warner Bros.' finest, the U.S. Army produced a series of 27 propaganda cartoons depicting the calamitous adventures of Private Snafu. Mark David Kaufman explores the overarching theme of containment and how one film inadvertently let slip one of the war's greatest secrets.



Saturday 21 March 2015 at 18:44

IMAGE: Plate 85 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Natur, the Art Forms of Nature, published in 1904. With the assistance of Jena artist-lithographer Adolf Giltsch, Haeckel produced one hundred plates depicting the forms of animal life, mainly marine animals. With this book Haeckel wanted to create an “aesthetics of nature” and to show how the incessant struggle for existence he had learnt from Darwin was in fact producingâ�¦



Saturday 21 March 2015 at 13:29

IMAGE: Plate 85 from Ernst Haeckel’s visually dazzling Kunstformen der Nat…


Sex and Science in Robert Thornton’s Temple of Flora

Wednesday 11 March 2015 at 16:14

Bridal beds, blushing captives, and swollen trunks - Carl Linnaeus' taxonomy of plants heralded a whole new era in 18th-century Europe of plants being spoken of in sexualised terms. Martin Kemp explores how this association between the floral and erotic reached its visual zenith in Robert Thornton's exquisitely illustrated Temple of Flora.



Thursday 26 February 2015 at 19:15