The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. *It Started with Muybridge* (1964) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/it-started-with-muybridge http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/It-Started-with-Muybridge-(1964) Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:11:00 +0200

The future’s bombs, this training film produced by the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory claims, will be detonated atop the shoulders of yesterday’s “photographer extraordinary”, Eadweard Muybridge.

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The future’s bombs, this training film produced by the U.S. Naval Ordnance Laboratory claims, will be detonated atop the shoulders of yesterday’s “photographer extraordinary”, Eadweard Muybridge.

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Precedents of the Unprecedented: Black Squares Before Malevich https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/black-squares-before-malevich http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Precedents-of-the-Unprecedented-Black-Squares-Before-Malevich Thu, 23 Jun 2022 17:25:00 +0200

Described by Kasimir Malevich as the “first step of pure creation in art”, his Black Square of 1915 has been cast as a total break from all that came before it. Yet searching across more than five hundred years of images related to mourning, humour, politics, and philosophy, Andrew Spira uncovers a slew of unlikely foreshadows to Malevich's radical abstraction.

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Described by Kasimir Malevich as the “first step of pure creation in art”, his Black Square of 1915 has been cast as a total break from all that came before it. Yet searching across more than five hundred years of images related to mourning, humour, politics, and philosophy, Andrew Spira uncovers a slew of unlikely foreshadows to Malevich's radical abstraction.

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Agnes Giberne's *The Story of the Sun, Moon, and Stars* (1898) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/story-of-sun-moon-stars http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Agnes-Giberne-s-The-Story-of-the-Sun-Moon-and-Stars-(1898) Tue, 21 Jun 2022 23:39:00 +0200

This text is less a Victorian astronomy primer than the foundation for a phenomenological star wisdom.

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This text is less a Victorian astronomy primer than the foundation for a phenomenological star wisdom.

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*Shores of the Polar Sea* (1878) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/shores-of-the-polar-sea http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Shores-of-the-Polar-Sea-(1878) Thu, 16 Jun 2022 08:50:00 +0200

A mixture of intimate journal entries, miscellaneous engravings, and sixteen chromolithographs — a unique, often surreal, retelling of life on the ice.

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A mixture of intimate journal entries, miscellaneous engravings, and sixteen chromolithographs — a unique, often surreal, retelling of life on the ice.

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The Launch of Our Mid-Year Fundraiser! https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2022/06/launch-of-mid-year-fundraiser-june-22 http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/2022-06-15-The-Launch-of-Our-Mid-Year-Fundraiser Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:15:00 +0200

Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Air.

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Our Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Air.

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Interview with PDR's Editor-in-Chief in *Creative Review* https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2022/06/creative-review-interview http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Interview-with-PDR-s-Editor-in-Chief-in-Creative-Review Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:13:00 +0200

Adam Green talks to Creative Review about the new image book Affinities, and the concept of "originality".

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Adam Green talks to Creative Review about the new image book Affinities, and the concept of "originality".

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*Unai no tomo*: Catalogues of Japanese Toys (1891–1923) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/unai-no-tomo http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Unai-no-tomo-Catalogues-of-Japanese-Toys-(1891-1923) Wed, 15 Jun 2022 09:15:00 +0200

The ten-volume Unai no tomo is comprised of charming woodblock prints of traditional objects of play.

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The ten-volume Unai no tomo is comprised of charming woodblock prints of traditional objects of play.

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Out on the Town: Magnus Hirschfeld and *Berlin’s Third Sex* https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/out-on-the-town http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Out-on-the-Town-Magnus-Hirschfeld-and-Berlin-s-Third-Sex Tue, 07 Jun 2022 11:35:00 +0200

Years before the Weimar Republic’s well-chronicled freedoms, the 1904 non-fiction study Berlin’s Third Sex depicted an astonishingly diverse subculture of sexual outlaws in the German capital. James J. Conway introduces a foundational text of queer identity that finds Magnus Hirschfeld — the “Einstein of Sex” — deploying both sentiment and science to move hearts and minds among a broad readership.

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Years before the Weimar Republic’s well-chronicled freedoms, the 1904 non-fiction study Berlin’s Third Sex depicted an astonishingly diverse subculture of sexual outlaws in the German capital. James J. Conway introduces a foundational text of queer identity that finds Magnus Hirschfeld — the “Einstein of Sex” — deploying both sentiment and science to move hearts and minds among a broad readership.

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The Discarnates: *Thomas Carlyle in the Spirit-World* (1920) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/what-spiritualism-really-is http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Discarnates-Thomas-Carlyle-in-the-Spirit-World-(1920) Wed, 01 Jun 2022 20:38:00 +0200

Over the course of a year, Thomas Carlyle supposedly transmitted this text to Dr. Wm. J. Bryan from beyond the grave.

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Over the course of a year, Thomas Carlyle supposedly transmitted this text to Dr. Wm. J. Bryan from beyond the grave.

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*Portrait of Charlotte du Val d’Ognes* (1801) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/villers-portrait http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Portrait-of-Charlotte-du-Val-d-Ognes-(1801) Thu, 26 May 2022 11:17:00 +0200

This portrait, believed to be the work of Marie-Denise Villers, encodes questions of gender and artistry in late-eighteenth century France.

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This portrait, believed to be the work of Marie-Denise Villers, encodes questions of gender and artistry in late-eighteenth century France.

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Fearful Symmetry: Inkblot Books (1859–1915) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/inkblot-books http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Fearful-Symmetry-Inkblot-Books-(1859-1915) Thu, 26 May 2022 11:15:00 +0200

Inkblot books were part bestiary, part parlor-game séance, cataloging those creatures that seemed to crawl out of the inkwell with the slightest encouragement.

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Inkblot books were part bestiary, part parlor-game séance, cataloging those creatures that seemed to crawl out of the inkwell with the slightest encouragement.

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Of Angel and Puppet: Klee, Rilke, and the Test of Innocence https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/of-angel-and-puppet http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Of-Angel-and-Puppet-Klee-Rilke-and-the-Test-of-Innocence Thu, 19 May 2022 10:58:00 +0200

Built for his son from the scraps of daily life — matchboxes, beef bones, nutshells, and plaster — Paul Klee’s hand puppets harbour ghosts of human feelings, fragile communications from a world most adults have left behind. Kenneth Gross compares these enchanted objects to angelic figures, in Klee’s artworks and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, helping us dance as well as wrestle with their visions of innocence.

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Built for his son from the scraps of daily life — matchboxes, beef bones, nutshells, and plaster — Paul Klee’s hand puppets harbour ghosts of human feelings, fragile communications from a world most adults have left behind. Kenneth Gross compares these enchanted objects to angelic figures, in Klee’s artworks and the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, helping us dance as well as wrestle with their visions of innocence.

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Filippo Balbi’s *Testa Anatomica* (1854) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/testa-anatomica http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Filippo-Balbi-s-Testa-Anatomica-(1854) Tue, 17 May 2022 10:43:00 +0200

Echoing the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a composite head comprised of a tortuous tangle of écorché-like figures.

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Echoing the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a composite head comprised of a tortuous tangle of écorché-like figures.

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Alexander in the Bathysphere https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/alexander-bathysphere http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Alexander-in-the-Bathysphere Thu, 12 May 2022 12:29:00 +0200

The story of Alexander the Great descending into the sea in a diving bell has led to diverse visual representations across countries, languages, and centuries.

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The story of Alexander the Great descending into the sea in a diving bell has led to diverse visual representations across countries, languages, and centuries.

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Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies (1757–1795) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/harris-list-of-covent-garden-ladies http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Harris-s-List-of-Covent-Garden-Ladies-(1757-1795) Thu, 12 May 2022 12:18:00 +0200

As historical documents, the surviving editions of Harris’s List offer today’s readers a rare glimpse into London's 18th-century sex trade.

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As historical documents, the surviving editions of Harris’s List offer today’s readers a rare glimpse into London's 18th-century sex trade.

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Petrified Waters: The Artificial Grottoes of the Renaissance and Beyond https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/petrified-waters http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Petrified-Waters-The-Artificial-Grottoes-of-the-Renaissance-and-Beyon Thu, 05 May 2022 11:00:00 +0200

Idling alongside the waters of artificial grottoes, visitors found themselves in lush, otherworldly settings, where art and nature, pleasure and peril, and humans and nymphs could, for a time, coexist. Laura Tradii spelunks through the handmade caves of the Italian Renaissance and their reception abroad, illuminating how these curious spaces transformed across the centuries.

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Idling alongside the waters of artificial grottoes, visitors found themselves in lush, otherworldly settings, where art and nature, pleasure and peril, and humans and nymphs could, for a time, coexist. Laura Tradii spelunks through the handmade caves of the Italian Renaissance and their reception abroad, illuminating how these curious spaces transformed across the centuries.

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Jan Luyken’s Frontispiece for *Osteologia* (1680) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/luyken-osteologia http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Jan-Luyken-s-Frontispiece-for-Osteologia-(1680) Tue, 03 May 2022 13:34:00 +0200

This etching seems to speak to the Enlightenment’s mission to give order to the natural world.

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This etching seems to speak to the Enlightenment’s mission to give order to the natural world.

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Orra White Hitchcock’s Scientific Illustrations for the Classroom (1828–40) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/hitchcock-illustrations http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Orra-White-Hitchcock-s-Scientific-Illustrations-for-the-Classroom-(1 Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:47:00 +0200

These hand-coloured scientific illustrations — on poster-sized linen swaths designed to be hung on classroom walls — are striking for their modern abstraction.

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These hand-coloured scientific illustrations — on poster-sized linen swaths designed to be hung on classroom walls — are striking for their modern abstraction.

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Trade Edition of *Affinities* Now Available for Pre-order https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2022/04/affinities-trade-edition-available-for-pre-order http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Trade-Edition-of-Affinities-Now-Available-for-Pre-order Wed, 27 Apr 2022 12:46:00 +0200

Published by Thames and Hudson, the trade edition of Affinities will be out in the UK on May 26th and in the US on June 7th.

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Published by Thames and Hudson, the trade edition of Affinities will be out in the UK on May 26th and in the US on June 7th.

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“A Sword was Seen in the Sky”: *A True and Wonderful Narrative* (1763) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/a-true-and-wonderful-narrative http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/A-Sword-was-Seen-in-the-Sky-A-True-and-Wonderful-Narrative-(1 Wed, 27 Apr 2022 08:47:00 +0200

Pamphlet, printed in Philadelphia, describing strange sky phenomena witnessed over Riga and Kirschberg.

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Pamphlet, printed in Philadelphia, describing strange sky phenomena witnessed over Riga and Kirschberg.

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