Tag Archives: 18th Century

1784: Aranjuez

Antonio Carnicero: Ascent of a Montgolfier Balloon in Aranjuez (1784)

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1785: Museum

Sarah Stone: Perspective interior view of Sir Ashton Lever’s Museum in Leicester Square, London March 30 1785

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1649: Descartes’s Wooden Daughter

When Descartes resided in Holland, with great labour and industry he made a female Automaton—which occasioned some wicked wits to publish that he had an illegitimate daughter, named Franchine—to prove demonstratively that beasts have no souls, and that they are … Continue reading

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1321: Kleptomania

In Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France, Italy, &c. in the Years 1720, 1721 and 1722, Edward Wright relates being told in Florence about one of Dante’s bad habits: This great man, we are told, had a most unhappy … Continue reading

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1715: Plum Blossoms

Ogata Kōrin: 紙本金地著色紅白梅図 – Red and White Plum Blossoms (c. 1715)

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1753: The Wolf Peach

In 1753, Linnaeus gave the tomato its Latin species name lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.” Image: Luis Meléndez: Still Life with Tomatoes, a Bowl of Aubergines and Onions (c. 1771-1774)

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1770: Trifacial Trinity

Painted by an anonymous artist of Peru’s Cusco School in the mid-eighteenth century (c. 1750 – 1770), this work sought to represent the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The typology—known as a Trifacial Trinity—had been banned by the … Continue reading

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