Tag Archives: France

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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1890: The Sea

Thomas Alexander Harrison: The Sea. I think this is a photogravure print of one of his paintings. I made up the date.

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1844: The Bridge of Infinities

J. J. Grandville: The Bridge of Infinities, an illustration from Un Autre Monde (1844)

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1550: Le Petit Lorrain

Ambroise Paré’s designed this mechanical hand—which he named “Le Petit Lorrain” — in the 1550’s for a French Army captain. The thumb is stationary, but a mechanical lever operates the other fingers.  This illustration is taken from a 1663 edition … Continue reading

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1585: A Young Daughter of the Picts

Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues: A Young Daughter of the Picts (ca. 1585) An engraving based on this miniature appeared in the section on Picts and ancient Britons in Thomas Hariot’s Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land … Continue reading

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32,000 ya: Panel of the Lions

Chauvet Cave, Panel of the Lions (Aurignacian culture, ca. 30,000 – 32,000 ya) (source)

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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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