Man and child’s hands
7.8 x 4.9 cm.
National Origin: United States
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More than 170 years before Jean-François Champollion had the first real success in translating Egyptian hieroglyphs, the 17th century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher was convinced he had cracked it. He was very wrong. Daniel Stolzenberg looks at Kircher’s Egyptian Oedipus, a book that has been called “one of the most learned monstrosities of all times.” -http://bit.ly/183RdA3
Plate II. Babbitt’s Principles of Light and Color. 1878.
Animated GIF created by Bill Domonkos, using images from Benjamin Duchenne’s Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine (1862). By applying electrodes to male and female volunteers, Duchenne was able to activate individual muscles in the face. He saw the human face as a map, the features of which could be codified into universal taxonomies of inner states, with each muscle representing a ‘movement of the soul’. He listed 53 emotions that could be classified in terms of muscular action. See on our site here, and the Tumblr of Bill Domonkos here.
A lost contact lens? A sudden compulsion for fig leaves? Our Curator’s Choice post for September, from Rennes Library, explores this mysterious 15th-century image of Adam and Eve … http://bit.ly/1rxFyoG
Illustration from the 1845 English edition of Niels Klim’s Journey Under the Ground, showing a be-wigged citizen of Martinia, one of the many strange societies that the author Ludvig Holberg imagined to be lurking in a “hollow Earth”. See more great illustrations and our essay on the book here: http://bit.ly/nB9RAz
The Torment of Saint Anthony is the earliest known painting by Michelangelo, painted after an engraving by Martin Schongauer when he was only 12 or 13
The music of Gounod as seen in “Thought-Forms”, an obscure Victorian-era theory which believed that ideas, emotions, and even events, can manifest as visible auras. Read about it here and see more great images in the essay “Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia”, one of our favourites of the year thus far - http://bit.ly/1mhnOfq