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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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1950: Seascape

Patrick von Kalckreuth: Seascape at Sunset (c. 1950)

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2003: Seascape

Florian Maier-Aichen: Untitled (Seascape with Monument) (2003)

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1499: Wild Men

The two archetypal “wild men” that frame Albrecht Dürer’s portrait of Oswolt Krel (1499) were part of a popular theme in the late Medieval period and the early Renaissance. Wild men symbolized lust, fighting spirit, and the power of the primitive. … Continue reading

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