Tag Archives: Germany

1931: Seascape

Patrick von Kalckreuth: Seascape The painting is undated. Von Kalckreuth (1892–1970) was born Patrick Dunbar, but changed his name after his father died and his mother married Richard von Kalckreuth in 1931. The signature on the panting thus indicates a … Continue reading

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1898: The Moon

This model of the moon—made of 116 sections of plaster on a framework of wood and metal—was prepared by Johann Friedrich Julius Schmidt for the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago;  the museum was located on the grounds of the World’s … Continue reading

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1661: Elizabeth Russell

[———–] Russell, always known under the guise or habit of a woman, and answered to the name of Elizabeth, as registered in Streatham parish, Nov. 21, 1661, but at death proved to be a man. He was buried April 14th, … Continue reading

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1859: Mondscheinlandschaft

Carl Gustav Carus: Moonlit Landscape (1859)

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1617: Atalanta Fugiens

Michael Maier’s Atalanta Fugiens is an alchemical “emblem book” consisting of 50 illustrations by Matthias Merian, each of which is accompanied by a epigrammatic verse, a philosophical discourse, and a musical fugue. This first emblem shows Boreas, the North Wind, … Continue reading

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1939: The History of Spitting

The pioneering sociologist Norbert Elias published The Civilizing Process in 1939 with the aim of tracing how Europeans came to imagine what it meant to be “civilized.” In the book, he argues that increasing interdependence in society—in which difference social … Continue reading

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1893: British Gas Works

Adolf von Meckel: British Gas Works on the River Spree (before 1893)

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