Tag Archives: France

1889: Artist-in-Residence

The celebrated 19th century French painter and sculptor Rosa Bonheur was known for wearing men’s pants, shirts, and ties, as well as participating in traditionally masculine activities such as hunting and smoking. She lived with her lifelong partner, Nathalie Micas … Continue reading

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1750: First Sleep, Second Sleep

That dreaming is a less sound species of sleep, appears from the familiar fact, which has probably been observed by every individual; viz. that the first sleep is much freer from it than the second. We retire to rest, fatigued … Continue reading

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1950: Rumble at the Café des Poètes

Stolen poems incite a rumble in Jean Cocteau’s Orpheus (1950).

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1592: More Books on Books

All I can say is that you can feel from experience that so many interpretations dissipate the truth and break it up. Aristotle wrote to be understood: if he could not manage it, still less will a less able man … Continue reading

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1509: The Most Curious Book in the World

The following entry appears in Charles Carroll Bombaugh’s Gleanings from the Harvest Fields of Literature: A Melange of Excerpta, Curious, Humorous, and Instructive (1867): THE MOST CURIOUS BOOK IN THE WORLD The most singular bibliographic curiosity is that which belonged … Continue reading

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1885: Moonrise

Henri-Joseph Harpignies: Moonrise (1885)

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1946: Beauty and the Beast

Jean Cocteau, director: La Belle et la Bête (1946)

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1865: The Storm Cloud

Félix Bracquemond: The Storm Cloud (1860-1870)

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1897: Orpheus

Pierre Amédée Marcel-Béronneau: Orpheus in Hades (1897)

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1307: Qualiter caput hominis situatur

This llustration from an early fourteenth century compendium shows the five functions of the brain: perception, imagination, estimation, cogitation, and memory. Drawn from the works of Thomas Aquinas and the Arabic philosopher Avicenna, the theory posits that sensory information enters … Continue reading

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