5th Century BC: Hermes Kriophoros

Hermes Kriophoros - Roman copy of 5th century BC Greek original

Hermes Kriophoros – Roman copy of 5th century BC Greek original

“Kriophoros” is Greek for “ram-bearer.” The epithet became associated with the god Hermes in connection with a story from the city of Tanagra, here retold by the traveler and geographer Pausanias:

There are sanctuaries of Hermes Kriophoros and of Hermes called Promachos [“champion”]. They account for the former surname by a story that Hermes averted a pestilence from the city by carrying a ram round the walls; to commemorate this, Calamis made an image of Hermes carrying a ram upon his shoulders. Whichever of the youths is judged to be the most handsome goes round the walls at the feast of Hermes, carrying a lamb on his shoulders.

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1573: Self-Portrait

Johan Gregor van der Schardt - Self-portrait (c. 1573)

Johan Gregor van der Schardt: Self-portrait (c. 1573)

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1912: Monument

John Russell Pope - Competition Proposal for Lincoln Monument (1912)

John Russell Pope: Competition Proposal for Lincoln Monument (1912); Pope’s firm designed the National Archives and Records Administration building (1935), the Jefferson Memorial (1943) and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art (1941).

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1908: Hofstraat

Léon Spilliaert - Hofstraat Ostend (1908)

Léon Spilliaert: Hofstraat, Ostend (1908)

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2011: Visualization

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“The 1,318 transnational corporations that form the core of the economy. Superconnected companies are red, very connected companies are yellow. The size of the dot represents revenue.” (source)

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1820: Thirlmere

John Glover - Thirlmere (c. 1820)

John Glover: Thirlmere (c. 1820)

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2016: Correction

Micronesian navigational chart

A correction in The New York Times, April 10, 2016:

An article on March 20 about wave piloting in the Marshall Islands misstated the number of possible paths that could be navigated without instruments among the 34 islands and atolls of the Marshall Islands. It is 561, not a trillion trillion. (source)

Image: “A Micronesian navigational chart from the Marshall Islands, made of wood, sennit fiber and cowrie shells.” (source)

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