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1899: O ye whales and all that move on the waters bless ye the Lord

Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne: O ye whales and all that move on the waters bless ye the Lord (1899); from the Prayer of Azariah, a passage that appears in the book of Daniel in some versions of the Christian Bible: … Continue reading

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1828: Sala Dante

Joseph Anton Koch’s frescos of Dante’s Inferno (1825-28) decorate the Sala Dante in the Casino Massimo, a Roman Villa. Several scenes from the poem are illustrated here, including Dante and Virgil’s ride on the monster Geryon (upper right) and Count … Continue reading

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2014: Jahmal

Gabriel Garcia Roman: Jahmal (2014); from a series, Queer Icons

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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1802: The Mammoth Cheese

On the first day of 1802, President Thomas Jefferson received a gift of mythic proportions. Amid great fanfare, a “mammoth” Cheshire cheese was delivered to the President’s House by the itinerant Baptist preacher and political gadfly Elder John Leland (1754-1841). … Continue reading

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1918: All Things Die, But All Will Be Resurrected

Detail from Léon Frédéric’s seven-panel work All Things Die, But All Will Be Resurrected through God’s Love (1893-1918). Here is the whole thing:

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1740: Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava

Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava (1740) This thangka, a type of Tibetan painting that uses ground mineral pigment on cotton or silk, shows Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, a deity in the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. He is shown with nine heads (the largest … Continue reading

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2000: Guardian

Klatle-bhi (Kwakwaka’wakw/Squamish): The Guardian; I had to guess on the date.

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2018: Is This the Face of God?

In order to measure people’s visualizations of God’s face, we used a nascent technique known as “reverse correlation.” In reverse correlation, a face is repeatedly and randomly overlaid with visual noise to create many pairs of contrasting faces. Participants see … Continue reading

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12th Century: The Unknown Language

Saint Hildegard, a 12th century German Benedictine abbess, was a mystic, composer, and philosopher who wrote works on topics as diverse as theology, botany, and medicine. She began experiencing visions at the age of three, ultimately chronicling a lifetime of … Continue reading

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