Tag Archives: Netherlands

1573: Self-Portrait

Johan Gregor van der Schardt: Self-portrait (c. 1573)

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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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1996: How Buffalo Vote

Dutch ecologist H. H. T. Prins describes how he first came to realize that buffalo vote to determine which direction the herd should move to find grazing land: Let me first describe what takes place when a buffalo herd in … Continue reading

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1665: Fleas

Gerard ter Borch: Boy Ridding his Dog of Fleas (1665)

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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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1628: Still Life with Books and a Violin

Jan Davidszoon de Heem: Still Life with Books and a Violin (1628)

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1889: Clogs

Vincent van Gogh: A Pair of Leather Clogs (1889)

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