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On *Sprezzatura*: Baldassare Castiglione’s *The Book of the Courtier* (1528)

Thursday 6 May 2021 at 08:58

This is a paradox in the cocktail of qualities that define sprezzatura — the achievement of eloquence and honesty through deception and concealment.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/baldassare-castiglione-the-book-of-the-courtier


Visualizing History: The Polish System

Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 08:41

For the Polish educator Antoni Jażwiński, history was best represented by an abstract grid.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/visualizing-history-the-polish-system


“The Mark of the Beast”: Georgian Britain’s Anti-Vaxxer Movement

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 07:49

Ox-faced children, elderly women sprouting horns, and cloven minds — all features attributed to Edward Jenner’s vaccine against smallpox. Introducing us to the original anti-vaxxers, Erica X Eisen explores the “vacca” in the first-ever vaccine: its bovine origins and the widespread worry that immunity came with beastly side effects.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-mark-of-the-beast-georgian-britains-anti-vaxxer-movement


“The Mark of the Beast”: Georgian Britain’s Anti-Vaxxer Movement

Wednesday 28 April 2021 at 07:49

Ox-faced children, elderly women sprouting horns, and cloven minds — all features attributed to Edward Jenner’s vaccine against smallpox. Introducing us to the original anti-vaxxers, Erica X Eisen explores the “vacca” in the first-ever vaccine: its bovine origins and the widespread worry that immunity came with beastly side effects.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-mark-of-the-beast-victorian-britains-anti-vaxxer-movement


William Blake’s *The Gates of Paradise* (1787-93)

Wednesday 21 April 2021 at 08:51

Angels emerge from avian eggs and a figure climbs a ladder to the moon, in Blake's unique take on the emblems tradition.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/william-blakes-the-gates-of-paradise


The Future Imagined in Albert Robida’s *La vie électrique* (1890)

Thursday 15 April 2021 at 10:46

Inspired by Jules Verne’s scientific novels, The electric life has garnered retrospective praise for successfully anticipating much of modern life.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/albert-robida-la-vie-electrique


Images of Hatha Yoga from the Joga Pradīpikā (19th century)

Tuesday 13 April 2021 at 10:30

The nineteenth-century images collected here concern hatha yoga, the yoga of physical discipline.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/hatha-yoga-images-from-the-joga-pradipika


“Fevers of Curiosity”: Charles Baudelaire and the Convalescent *Flâneur*

Thursday 8 April 2021 at 14:52

This month marks the 200th anniversary of Charles Baudelaire’s birth, the French poet famous for his descriptions of the flâneur: a man of the crowd, who thrived in the metropolis’ multitude. Following Baudelaire through 19th-century Paris, Matthew Beaumont discovers a parallel archetype — the convalescent hero of modernity — who emerges from the sickbed into city streets with a feverish curiosity.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/charles-baudelaire-and-the-convalescent-flaneur


Announcing the Launch of *Affinities*, a Very Special Book of Images to Celebrate our 10th Anniversary.

Wednesday 7 April 2021 at 18:49

Gathering over 500 prints, paintings, illustrations, sketches, photographs, doodles, and everything in between, Affinities is a carefully curated journey exploring echoes and connections across more than two millennia of visual culture.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2021/04/affinities-a-book-of-images


Agostino Ramelli’s Theatre of Machines (1588)

Thursday 1 April 2021 at 15:52

Images from Agostino Ramelli's Diverse and Artificial Machines, which despite their detail obscure as much as they reveal.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/agostino-ramelli-theatre-of-machines