Art

XOT330951 Northern Europe, from an Atlas of the World in 33 maps, Venice, 1st September 1553 (ink on vellum) (see also 330952) by Agnese, Battista (1514-64); 29x49 cm; Museo Correr, Venice, Italy; Italian,  out of copyright
Art, History

The Art of Mapping

Take a closer look at the wonderful world of maps through history. More than simply a topological survey of a country or continent, historical maps are as diverse as the lands they depict. From hunting dogs to sea monsters and cherubs blowing the winds across the ocean, their creativity makes […]

HGM81110 Vanitas, 1628 by Heda, Willem Claesz. (1594-1680); 45.5x69.5 cm; Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands; Dutch,  out of copyright
Art, History

Vanitas – symbols of death & decadence

Looking back at the ‘Memento Mori’ painting tradition, Vanitas is a macabre genre of symbolic still-life that prospered in the Netherlands in the early 17th century reminding the viewer of their mortality.  The word ‘vanitas’ is Latin for vanity, or ’emptiness’, and signifies the meaningless of earthly life. The purpose of Vanitas’ […]

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Art, History

What the Dickens?

Illustrator Joseph Clayton Clarke ‘Kyd’ brings many of Charles Dickens’ iconic characters to life  Mr. Micawber ‘David Copperfield’ is the eighth serialised novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1850. Many elements within the novel follow events in Dickens’ own life, and it is probably the most autobiographical of all of his […]

Art, Culture, History

WWI in colour

Discover rare and vibrant colour autochromes, documenting the soldiers and battles during First World War. Impressionist visions of war Who would have thought there were original colour photos of World War One? The French army regularly used autochromes and Paget colour plates to document their experiences.Catch a rare glimpse of […]