Tag Archives: Miniatures

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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1783: Stones and Broccoli

Thomas Gainsborough: Pastoral Landscape (c. 1783) Gainsborough made his living painting commissioned portraits, and thus could not indulge his passion for landscapes during the day in the open air; instead, he painted them at night by candlelight, arranging stones, broccoli, … Continue reading

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1660: Peepshow

Samuel van Hoogstraten: Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House (c. 1655-60) (source)

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1933: Deluge

Felix E. Feist, director: Deluge (1933)

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1939: City of Light

City of Light diorama, 1939 New York City World’s Fair

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1978: The Medusa Touch

Jack Gold, director: The Medusa Touch (1978)

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2010: Beauty Shop

Lori Nix at work on Beauty Shop (2010), one of a series of photographs of post-apocalyptic miniatures. (See her website.)

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