Tag Archives: Netherlands

1927: The Pat, Pat, Pat of the Sleepy Sheep

From Katherine Morris Lester’s Great Pictures and Their Stories, Book Three (1927): Picture Study is rapidly becoming an im­portant factor in our public school education. “Nearly every progressive city,” says the Bureau of Education, Washington, D.C., “is making use of … Continue reading

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1735: Snake

Illustration from Albertus Seba’s Thesaurus, Vol. 2 (1735); the full title of the work is in Latin and Dutch: Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio – Naaukeurige beschryving van het schatryke kabinet der voornaamste seldzaamheden der natuur [Accurate Description of … Continue reading

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19th Century: Fake

     Originally believed to be a contemporaneous portrait of Edward VI of England (1537-53), this painting was revealed to be a fake when X-rays showed the image of an anonymous Dutch girl hiding behind the boy king. Her clothing suggests … Continue reading

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1672: The Golden Bend in the Herengracht

Gerrit Adriaenszoon Berckheyde: View of the Golden Bend in the Herengracht (1671-72)

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2009: Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art

Alex Mawimbi (formerly Ato Malinda): Looking at Art; Looking at Africa; Looking at Art (2009); “for the length of one hour, the performer crawls from one lying position on mangled concrete, to a standing position at a pile of soil. … Continue reading

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1815: The Affair of a Second

George Thomas Keppel, Earl of Albemarle, describes a moment during the Battle of Waterloo: We halted and formed square in the middle of the plain. As we were performing this movement, a bugler of the 51st, who had been out … Continue reading

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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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