Tag Archives: 17th Century

1846: The System According to the Holy Scriptures

The Muggletonians were a radical Protestant sect that originated in the seventeenth century when London tailors John Reeve and Lodowick Muggleton announced themselves as the prophets foretold in the Book of Revelation. Along with Diggers, Ranters, and Levellers, Muggletonians comprised … Continue reading

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1655: Headless Horsemen

In the turmoil of the English Civil War (1642-1651), an engraving based on this portrait of King Charles I underwent a remarkable number of transformations. The original portrait was painted by Anthony van Dyck in 1633 (above). The French engraver … Continue reading

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1680: Indiscreet

In [Renaissance] France homosexuality was long deemed a caprice reserved to the nobility, the intellectual and artistic elite, and the princes of the Church. To be sure, other classes are known to have been involved, but their activity tended to … Continue reading

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1671: The Latest and Most Accurate

John Ogilby: America- Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World (1671); the book is an English translation of Arnold Montanus’s De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld. The title of this plate is “Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum” —The Mexicans’ … Continue reading

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1989: The Great Fire of London

In this dream I was coming up out of the London tube. I was in a rush, under a gray rain. I was preparing myself for a new life, for a joyful freedom. And I had to fathom the dream’s … Continue reading

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19th Century: Fake

     Originally believed to be a contemporaneous portrait of Edward VI of England (1537-53), this painting was revealed to be a fake when X-rays showed the image of an anonymous Dutch girl hiding behind the boy king. Her clothing suggests … Continue reading

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1672: The Golden Bend in the Herengracht

Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde: View of the Golden Bend in the Herengracht (1671-72)

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