Archive for February 2009
Totius Africæ tabula, Sebastian Münster, 1554, with “a one-eyed giant seated over Nigeria and Cameroon, representing the mythical tribe of the Monoculi”
For a larger version of this map, see Evolution of the Map of Africa, part of the online exhibition To the Mountains of the Moon: Mapping African Exploration, 1541-1880
1. Assembling the bodies on AEC bus chassis, 1937, 2. Sound technicians setting up the turn-table and amplifiers for the first “talkies” in Australia, 1927-1928, 3. IMG_0423.JPG, 4. Ice mask, C.T. Madigan / photograph by Frank Hurley, 5. Drie pantertjes geboren in Artis, 6. Three young men with Penny-Farthing bicycles, 7. Deteriorating farmhouse, 8. Tiffin Time, 9. Eclipses luminarium (Cyprian Leowitz, 1554) r, 10. Child performers, c. 1920s-30s / by Sam Hood, 11. Cary Bay Zoo, 1954 / Sam Hood, 12. Do the Dead Ever Talk?, 13. The beetle collectors, 14. The curiosity collector, 15. Wall and mud flats – early Jan 2009, 16. seasidewaysidefront
Cranach Magnified, a project of the Getty Museum, “allows you to investigate the refined painting technique of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553) and his workshop by comparing zoomable macroscopic details from different paintings side by side.”
By zooming in closer, you can see in detail the bloody muzzle of one, and the beady eye of the other.
Quite apart from its usefulness for Cranach scholars, playing about with this is a lot of fun, so I suggest you imitate the tiny running figure (who can just be seen, as a speck on the road to the left of the faun’s wife’s head, in A Faun and his Family with a Slain Lion, and get yourself over to the Getty as fast as your legs (or your browser) can carry you.
Gellius’s only work, the twenty-volume Noctes Atticae, is an exploding, sometimes seemingly random text-cum-diary in which Gellius jotted down everything of interest he heard in conversation or read in contemporary books….Gunderson tackles Gellius with exuberance, placing him in the larger culture of antiquarian literature. Purposely echoing Gellius’s own swooping word-play and digressions, he explores the techniques by which knowledge was produced and consumed in Gellius’s day, as well as in our own time. The resulting book is as much pure creative fun as it is a major work of scholarship informed by the theories of Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Derrida.
One can only imagine what Gellius would have made of Twitter, Tumblr, and the rest. What’s the Latin for “I’m so reblogging this” ?