Beardsley and his Work – Aubrey Beardsley tv Documentary from 1982

  Aubrey Beardsley was a phenomenon, as his contemporaries recognised. Between 1893 and 1898 (when he died from tuberculosis aged just 25) he developed into one of the world's most exciting graphic artists, and turned out hundreds of black and white drawings, which retain their power to fascinate, to amuse and to shock. In this … Continue reading Beardsley and his Work – Aubrey Beardsley tv Documentary from 1982

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Donkey-Skin by Charles Perraut, illustrated by Gustave Dore, Harry Clarke, and others

  Donkey Skin (French: Peau d’Âne) is a French literary fairytale written in verse by Charles Perrault. It was first published in 1695 in a small volume and republished in 1697 in Perrault’s Histoires ou contes du temps passé. It’s an unsettling tale of a King who wanted to marry his daughter, after his wife’s … Continue reading Donkey-Skin by Charles Perraut, illustrated by Gustave Dore, Harry Clarke, and others

A short film about artist Leon Spilliaert

https://youtu.be/iNt1jtm2Pm8 (more) https://youtu.be/o2r9ya6wzZY Spilliaert was born in Ostend, the oldest of seven children of Léonard-Hubert Spilliaert, who was a perfumer, and Léonie (née Jonckheere). From childhood, he displayed an interest in art and drawing. A prolific doodler and autodidact, he was predominantly a self-taught artist. Sickly and reclusive, he spent most of his youth sketching scenes of … Continue reading A short film about artist Leon Spilliaert

Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants (1680) | The Public Domain Review

In the 82 illustrated plates included in his 1680 book The Anatomy of Plants, the English botanist Nehemiah Grew revealed for the first time the inner structure and function of plants in all their splendorous intricacy. Find out more in Brian Garret’s article for The Public Domain Review – “The Life and Work of Nehemiah … Continue reading Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants (1680) | The Public Domain Review

William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

Harvard University Library hosts a digitised copy of William Stukeley’s 1740 book, Stonehenge, a temple restor’d to the British Druids. Printed in London in 1740 the book includes more than 30 illustrations showing how Stonehenge appeared when Stukeley visited it in the early 18th century, along with his theories concerning the monument’s origins and use. Image: Prospect of STONEHENGE from the southwest from William … Continue reading William Stukeley’s 1740 book on Stonehenge online 

Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation

  Hermetism is often and wrongly confused with Gnosticism, which similarly originated in Egypt in roughly the same era. For present purposes, a few salient points of contrast will suffice. Like the God of Stoicism, the Hermetic God was omnipresent and omniscient through the material cosmos. In Gnosticism, by contrast, God was transcendent, and the … Continue reading Hermetic Rebirth and the Cave of Initiation

Harry Clarke’s Looking Glass | The Public Domain Review

  With their intricate line and often ghoulish tone, the works of Irish artist Harry Clarke are amongst the most striking in the history of illustration and stained glass design. Kelly Sullivan explores how, unknown to many at the time, Clarke took to including his own face in many of his pictures.       … Continue reading Harry Clarke’s Looking Glass | The Public Domain Review

Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

Is gesture a universal language? When lost for words, we point, wave, motion and otherwise use our hands to attempt to indicate meaning. However, much of this form of communication is intuitive and is not generally seen to be, by itself, an effective substitution for speech. John Bulwer (1606 – 1656), an English doctor and … Continue reading Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644) | The Public Domain Review

Edward Steichen – To Catch an Instant

"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. [It is] a major force in explaining man to man." Steichen Quoted in Time Magazine, "To Catch the Instant" 7 April 1961 Edward Jean Steichen … Continue reading Edward Steichen – To Catch an Instant

We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz

"We are bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the invisible, to store it in the great golden hives of the invisible." Rilke often refers to the invisible, especially in his Duino Elegies, which he wrote during a particularly mystical period of his life. In a letter to his Polish translator Witold … Continue reading We are bees of the invisible… Rilke from a letter to Halewicz