The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. Primary Sources: A Natural History of the Artist's Palette https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/primary-sources http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Primary-Sources-A-Natural-History-of-the-Artist-s-Palette Thu, 23 Jul 2020 08:54:00 +0200 For all its transcendental appeals, art has always been inextricably grounded in the material realities of its production, an entwinement most evident in the intriguing history of artists' colours. Focusing in on painting's primary trio of red, yellow, and blue, Philip Ball explores the science and stories behind the pigments, from the red ochre of Lascaux to Yves Klein's blue.

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For all its transcendental appeals, art has always been inextricably grounded in the material realities of its production, an entwinement most evident in the intriguing history of artists' colours. Focusing in on painting's primary trio of red, yellow, and blue, Philip Ball explores the science and stories behind the pigments, from the red ochre of Lascaux to Yves Klein's blue.

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Ancient Courses: Harold Fisk’s Meander Maps of the Mississippi River (1944) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/maps-of-the-lower-mississippi-harold-fisk http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Ancient-Courses-Harold-Fisk-s-Meander-Maps-of-the-Mississippi-River Tue, 21 Jul 2020 07:11:00 +0200 Artful, detailed maps of the Mississippi’s meander belt created by US geologist and cartographer Harold Fisk.

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Artful, detailed maps of the Mississippi’s meander belt created by US geologist and cartographer Harold Fisk.

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"A Slight Freshness on the Neck": Prints Depicting the Execution of Louis XVI (ca. 1793) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/execution-by-guillotine-of-louis-xvi http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/A-Slight-Freshness-on-the-Neck-Prints-Depicting-the-Execution-of-Lo Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:35:00 +0200 Eighteenth-century images of the guillotining of King Louis XVI, which came to represent the changing nature of the French Revolution.

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Eighteenth-century images of the guillotining of King Louis XVI, which came to represent the changing nature of the French Revolution.

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First Edition Pamphlet of Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?" (1852) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/frederick-douglass-fourth-july-speech http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/First-Edition-Pamphlet-of-Frederick-Douglass-What-to-the-Slave-Is-th Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:56:00 +0200 Douglass' famous anti-slavery oration, one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States.

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Douglass' famous anti-slavery oration, one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States.

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Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/sicko-doctors http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Sicko-Doctors-Suffering-and-Sadism-in-19th-Century-America Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:01:00 +0200 American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character.

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American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character.

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The Four Elements and Temperaments from an Album of Prints after Maerten de Vos (ca. 1583) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/elements-and-temperaments-maerten-de-vos http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Four-Elements-and-Temperaments-from-an-Album-of-Prints-after-Maert Tue, 30 Jun 2020 08:39:00 +0200 Colourful prints depicting the four classical elements and the four temperaments based on paintings by the Flemish artist Maerten de Vos.

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Colourful prints depicting the four classical elements and the four temperaments based on paintings by the Flemish artist Maerten de Vos.

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William Wood’s The History and Antiquities of Eyam (1848) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/history-and-antiquities-of-eyam http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/William-Wood-s-The-History-and-Antiquities-of-Eyam-(1848) Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:27:00 +0200 A romantically tinged history of the town of Eyam, which was devastated by the bubonic plague in 1666.

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A romantically tinged history of the town of Eyam, which was devastated by the bubonic plague in 1666.

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Early Photographs of Juneteenth Celebrations https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/juneteenth-photographs http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Early-Photographs-of-Juneteenth-Celebrations Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:11:00 +0200 Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.

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Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.

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Kawanable Kyōsai’s Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (1890) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/night-parade-of-one-hundred-demons http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Kawanable-Kyōsai-s-Night-Parade-of-One-Hundred-Demons-(1890) Tue, 16 Jun 2020 09:07:00 +0200 A bone-chilling book of woodblock prints, depicting a parade of demons, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the bad boy of 19th-century Japanese art.

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A bone-chilling book of woodblock prints, depicting a parade of demons, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the bad boy of 19th-century Japanese art.

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Petrarch's Plague: Love, Death, and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/petrarchs-plague http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Petrarch-s-Plague-Love-Death-and-Friendship-in-a-Time-of-Pandemic Thu, 11 Jun 2020 12:46:00 +0200 The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Africa. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today.

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The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Africa. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today.

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Select Specimens of the Theatre of the Hindus (1827) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/theatre-of-the-hindus http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Select-Specimens-of-the-Theatre-of-the-Hindus-(1827) Wed, 10 Jun 2020 18:30:00 +0200 The earliest English translations of six Sanskrit plays about gods, nymphs, human sacrifice, sorcery, and love.

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The earliest English translations of six Sanskrit plays about gods, nymphs, human sacrifice, sorcery, and love.

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The Launch of our Mid-Year Fundraiser! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/06/launch-of-mid-year-fundraiser http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Launch-of-our-Mid-Year-Fundraiser Wed, 10 Jun 2020 12:40:00 +0200 The Public Domain Review's Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched!

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The Public Domain Review's Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched!

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Black Lives Matter https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/06/black-lives-matter http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Black-Lives-Matter Mon, 08 Jun 2020 15:00:00 +0200 Some thoughts in light of the Black Lives Matter protests about how the PDR can do better.

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Some thoughts in light of the Black Lives Matter protests about how the PDR can do better.

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The Comet Book (1587) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-comet-book http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Comet-Book-(1587) Thu, 28 May 2020 09:20:00 +0200 Stunning set of images from a 16th-century treatise on comets.

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Stunning set of images from a 16th-century treatise on comets.

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Volume 2 of the PDR Colouring Book! Free to Download and Print Off at Home https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/05/free-colouring-book-2 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Volume-2-of-the-PDR-Colouring-Book-Free-to-Download-and-Print-Off-at Wed, 27 May 2020 16:50:00 +0200 The second of our free colouring books, including works by Walter Crane, Jessie M. King, and Arthur Rackham.

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The second of our free colouring books, including works by Walter Crane, Jessie M. King, and Arthur Rackham.

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Last Pole https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/last-pole http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Last-Pole Wed, 27 May 2020 08:58:00 +0200 Julian Chehirian goes looking for the history of telecommunication, and is left sitting in the slim shadow of a lightning rod, listening to a voice from beyond the grave.

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Julian Chehirian goes looking for the history of telecommunication, and is left sitting in the slim shadow of a lightning rod, listening to a voice from beyond the grave.

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Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time (1896) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/old-english-customs http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Old-English-Customs-Extant-at-the-Present-Time-(1896) Tue, 19 May 2020 17:36:00 +0200 A surprising and vividly written late Victorian compendium of local British lore and traditions.

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A surprising and vividly written late Victorian compendium of local British lore and traditions.

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The Skeptical Pilgrim: Melville’s *Clarel* https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-skeptical-pilgrim-melvilles-clarel http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Skeptical-Pilgrim-Melville-s-Clarel Wed, 13 May 2020 08:40:00 +0200 Weighing in at a colossal 18,000 lines, Herman Melville's Clarel (1876), which centres on the theological musings of a group of pilgrims touring the Holy Land, is not for the faint-hearted. Jeff Wheelwright explores the knot of spiritual dilemmas played out in the poem and its roots in Melville's trip to the Middle East two decades earlier.

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Weighing in at a colossal 18,000 lines, Herman Melville's Clarel (1876), which centres on the theological musings of a group of pilgrims touring the Holy Land, is not for the faint-hearted. Jeff Wheelwright explores the knot of spiritual dilemmas played out in the poem and its roots in Melville's trip to the Middle East two decades earlier.

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Announcing the theme for our next postcard pack.... TOUCH https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/05/next-postcard-theme-touch http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Announcing-the-theme-for-our-next-postcard-pack-TOUCH Tue, 12 May 2020 11:39:00 +0200 Our postcard sets sent to Friends of the PDR in summer will be themed on "touch"

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Our postcard sets sent to Friends of the PDR in summer will be themed on "touch"

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Erbario: a 15th-century Herbal from Northern Italy https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Erbario-a-15th-century-Herbal-from-Northern-Italy Tue, 12 May 2020 07:39:00 +0200 Stylised herbal including plants with faces and dragon-like roots, in addition to more naturalistic depictions.

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Stylised herbal including plants with faces and dragon-like roots, in addition to more naturalistic depictions.

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