Saturday, December 31, 2005

Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus)

Title: Bearded Seal Portrait, Alternative Title: Erignathus barbatus, Creator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Source: Ak/RO/00198, Publisher: (none), Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRSTitle: Bearded Seal Portrait, Alternative Title: Erignathus barbatus, Creator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Source: Ak/RO/00198, Publisher: (none), Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS.

Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Marine Mammals, Bearded Seals, Refuges, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Aleutians, Alaska,
Bearded seals are solitary creatures and can be seen resting on ice flows with their heads facing downward into the water. This is so they can quickly escape into the sea if pursued by a predator. Bearded seals also have been seen in open water sleeping. The seals will sleep vertically with their heads on the water surface.

They do not like deep water and prefer to stay in waters less than 600 feet deep. Bearded seals have fur that is generally gray to brown and unpatterned. The small size of the head and the squareness of the flippers are noticeable when seen out of the water. Like other Arctic ice seals the pups have to learn, very young, how to escape from predators

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RELATED: Monday, December 26, 2005 African Elephant, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 African lion, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus), Thursday, December 29, 2005 Arctic Ground Squirrel, Friday, December 30, 2005 Bactrian Camels (Camelus bactrianus), Saturday, December 31, 2005 Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), Sunday, January 01, 2006 Beisa Oryx (Oryx beisa), Monday, January 02, 2006 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Tuesday, January 03, 2006 Bison (Bison bison Linnaeus), Wednesday, January 04, 2006 Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Thursday, January 05, 2006 Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis), Friday, January 06, 2006 Black- tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), Saturday, January 07, 2006 Blackbuck Antelope (Antelope cervicapra, L.), Sunday, January 08, 2006 Bobcat (Lynx rufus), Monday, January 09, 2006 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Bull Moose (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Thursday, January 12, 2006 California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi), Friday, January 13, 2006 Caracal (Caracal caracal), Saturday, January 14, 2006 Caribou 2 (Rangifer tarandus), Sunday, January 15, 2006 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Monday, January 16, 2006 Coke'sgoro hartebeeste, Tuesday, January 17, 2006 Coyote (Canis latrans), Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli dalli), Thursday, January 19, 2006 Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana), Friday, January 20, 2006 Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale Parvula), Saturday, January 21, 2006 East African Hippopotamus, Sunday, January 22, 2006 Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris), Monday, January 23, 2006 Elk (Cervus elaphus), Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Thursday, January 26, 2006 Florida Panther (Felis concolor coryi), Saturday, January 28, 2006 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Sunday, January 29, 2006 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Monday, January 30, 2006 Grant's Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi), Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), Wednesday, February 01, 2006 Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), Thursday, February 02, 2006 Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), Saturday, February 04, 2006 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Tuesday, February 07, 2006 Ground Squirrel, Sunday, February 26, 2006 Ibex (Capra ibex), Thursday, April 13, 2006 Impala (Aepyceros melampus), Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Saturday, April 29, 2006 Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sunday, April 30, 2006 Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Tuesday, May 02, 2006 Marmot (Marmota caligata), Friday, May 05, 2006 Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Saturday, May 06, 2006 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), Sunday, May 07, 2006 Moose cow with two calves (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Monday, May 08, 2006 Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Tuesday, May 09, 2006 Nutria (Myocaster coypus), Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Oribi (Ourebia ourebi), Thursday, May 11, 2006 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Friday, May 12, 2006 Polar Bear and Cubs (Ursus maritimus), Saturday, May 13, 2006 Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), Sunday, May 14, 2006 Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana), Monday, May 15, 2006 Raccoon (Procyon lotor), Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Thursday, May 18, 2006Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), Friday, May 19, 2006 River Otter (Lutra canadensis), Saturday, May 20, 2006 Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis), Sunday, May 21, 2006 Sea Lion Group at Haulout Alaska (Eumetopias jubatus), Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Serval cat (Leptailurus serval), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Singing Vole (Microtus miurus), Sunday, May 28, 2006 Sitka Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis), Monday, May 29, 2006 Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Tule Elk (cervus nannodes), Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Walrus at Cape Seniavin (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Thursday, June 01, 2006 White Rhinos (Ceratotherium simum), Friday, June 02, 2006 White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), (69 Images)

The Americas of 1671

Frontpiece (one website entry says it's called 'American Allegory')

Brazil


Tobago

Peru

Brazil (I wonder if these are the Tupinamba people)

from a chapter entitled 'Cannibal Islands' if I'm guessing correctly
(Dutch web translator sites are just appalling)


Canada

Those critters with pups lounging on shore are marked
as 'Manati' so I presume this is in the region of Florida.


De Nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of Beschryving van America en 't zuid-land was first published in Dutch in 1671. This large 'encyclopedic' geocartographical book about the New World was written by Arnoldus Montanus, variously described as explorer, missionary and trader but who published a number of other important works...
"Montanus wrote books on church history, theology, the history of the Netherlands, and the peoples and cultures of the New World. His widespread interests and learning were typical of the intellectual flowering of the Netherlands during the Golden Age."
There are myriad engravings in the >800 website pages in which this rare book is displayed. The copperwork was done by Jacob Meurs, an engraver and publisher from Amsterdam. I may be wrong but I sense that there was more than one engraver involved. The shame is that some of the finest illustration work appears in the many very detailed maps which are double page spreads and were digitized page by page. This book contains the best maps of America in the world as at the date of publication - and includes the curious feature of depicting California as an island, an error that was propagated in a number of publications for a century - commencing in ~1625 or so.

There are a a sizeable number of illustrations of natives in various places in the Americas, purporting to record customs and culture etc. Although it made a contribution to world knowledge about tribe locations, these illustrations (well, all the book images really) are more interesting these days for their eccentricity value rather than their historical accuracy. Needless to say, a book of such exceptional quality at the time was well-received, translated and republished on numerous occasions.

[click images for larger versions]

Image Catharsis

I have no idea where this Abraham Ortelio 1586 map
of the present day Palestine/Israel region comes from.
I've uploaded a large version if you click on the picture.

'Military Habits of the Eighth Century' in:
A Complete View of Dress and Habits of the People of England
by Joseph Strutt 1862. [large selection of plates from this book]

Vanité by Pierre Giffart (sometime around 1700 at a guess)
[Found at the Université de Liège (Belgium) -
Collections Artistiques (Florilège) website
where I enjoyably spent a considerable amount of time.]

Combat entre la lampe au pétrole
et la théière tristesse du sucrier
in L'Opinion (magazine) 1877
[No idea what site it comes from.]

Adriaen Collaert after Marten de Vos
Die vier Weltteile: Afrika - late 16th century.
This comes from the eclectic set of images at the
Ruhr-Universität Bochum exhibition website:
'Allegorische Graphikserien des Manierismus'

"Historia de la vida, hechos y astucias 1769/1781
traditional Don Juan Bartholomé" ..
..is the name this image was saved as on my computer.
I know it comes from a pdf from one of the South American repositories -
if you only knew how much time I spent not finding suitable/sufficient material to make posts on subjects from South America and particularly Asia and Africa....well, anyway - if anyone ever has any suggestions about esoteric and rare book or print image sites or ideas even that pertain to these areas of the world, please don't be shy in passing on the details.

"Küchler, Balthasar"
from one of the festival books at the British Library.

There. A clean desktop for the new year.
Best wishes to all !

Friday, December 30, 2005

68 sets and counting


As the year draws to a close I've continued adding old Today's Inspiration scans to my Flickr account. There are now sixty eight sets of scans, organized alphabetically by artist and topic, and I'll continue adding more sets as time allows until the entire TI back catalogue is uploaded so check back often and enjoy!

Bactrian Camels (Camelus bactrianus)

Title: Bactrian Camels, Alternative Title: (Camelus bactrianus), Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8447-002, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRSTitle: Bactrian Camels, Alternative Title: (Camelus bactrianus), Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8447-002, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Animals, Mammals.

The Old World camels fall basically into two species, the Arabian and the Bactrian. Linnaeus named the two species known as Camelus dromedarius and Camelus bactrianus. The Arabian camels have one hump on their backs and the Bactrian have two humps. They both live in desert areas. There are still Bactrian camels that exist in the Gobi desert as wild animals, but their numbers are dwindling due to human encroachment.

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RELATED: Monday, December 26, 2005 African Elephant, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 African lion, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus), Thursday, December 29, 2005 Arctic Ground Squirrel, Friday, December 30, 2005 Bactrian Camels (Camelus bactrianus), Saturday, December 31, 2005 Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), Sunday, January 01, 2006 Beisa Oryx (Oryx beisa), Monday, January 02, 2006 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Tuesday, January 03, 2006 Bison (Bison bison Linnaeus), Wednesday, January 04, 2006 Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Thursday, January 05, 2006 Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis), Friday, January 06, 2006 Black- tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), Saturday, January 07, 2006 Blackbuck Antelope (Antelope cervicapra, L.), Sunday, January 08, 2006 Bobcat (Lynx rufus), Monday, January 09, 2006 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Bull Moose (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Thursday, January 12, 2006 California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi), Friday, January 13, 2006 Caracal (Caracal caracal), Saturday, January 14, 2006 Caribou 2 (Rangifer tarandus), Sunday, January 15, 2006 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Monday, January 16, 2006 Coke'sgoro hartebeeste, Tuesday, January 17, 2006 Coyote (Canis latrans), Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli dalli), Thursday, January 19, 2006 Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana), Friday, January 20, 2006 Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale Parvula), Saturday, January 21, 2006 East African Hippopotamus, Sunday, January 22, 2006 Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris), Monday, January 23, 2006 Elk (Cervus elaphus), Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Thursday, January 26, 2006 Florida Panther (Felis concolor coryi), Saturday, January 28, 2006 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Sunday, January 29, 2006 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Monday, January 30, 2006 Grant's Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi), Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), Wednesday, February 01, 2006 Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), Thursday, February 02, 2006 Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), Saturday, February 04, 2006 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Tuesday, February 07, 2006 Ground Squirrel, Sunday, February 26, 2006 Ibex (Capra ibex), Thursday, April 13, 2006 Impala (Aepyceros melampus), Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Saturday, April 29, 2006 Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sunday, April 30, 2006 Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Tuesday, May 02, 2006 Marmot (Marmota caligata), Friday, May 05, 2006 Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Saturday, May 06, 2006 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), Sunday, May 07, 2006 Moose cow with two calves (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Monday, May 08, 2006 Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Tuesday, May 09, 2006 Nutria (Myocaster coypus), Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Oribi (Ourebia ourebi), Thursday, May 11, 2006 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Friday, May 12, 2006 Polar Bear and Cubs (Ursus maritimus), Saturday, May 13, 2006 Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), Sunday, May 14, 2006 Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana), Monday, May 15, 2006 Raccoon (Procyon lotor), Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Thursday, May 18, 2006Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), Friday, May 19, 2006 River Otter (Lutra canadensis), Saturday, May 20, 2006 Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis), Sunday, May 21, 2006 Sea Lion Group at Haulout Alaska (Eumetopias jubatus), Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Serval cat (Leptailurus serval), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Singing Vole (Microtus miurus), Sunday, May 28, 2006 Sitka Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis), Monday, May 29, 2006 Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Tule Elk (cervus nannodes), Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Walrus at Cape Seniavin (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Thursday, June 01, 2006 White Rhinos (Ceratotherium simum), Friday, June 02, 2006 White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), (69 Images)

The Devil in the Detail






[The top image is the complete work - click on it for a reasonably large sized version - and the images below are details from it]

Jacques Callot (1592-1635) created the above etching - The Temptation of St Anthony - in the last year of his life. It is likely that his previous depiction of St Anthony from 1617 is online (Artcylopedia) but I couldn't find it. In the intervening period there had been a brutal invasion of his native land, the Lorraine Duchy, by the French, which probably influenced the nature of some of the details in this wonderfully grotesque and severe portrayal.

St Anthony lived sometime during the 3rd and 4th centuries and is said to have established the religious practice of ascetism. Legend (recorded by Athanasius) has our hermit Saint beseiged by the devil on a number of occasions, projected in the present circumstances as phantoms of wild beasts, wolves, lions, snakes and scorpions.

It's easy to see where Francisco Goya's predeliction for the fantastical and grotesque derived inspiration.

Illustration Friday: FLAVOR


Watercolor on paper.

Festa Teatrale





In 1729, on the occasion of the birth of Louis, Dauphin son of King Louis XV, a 3-Act opera about Emperor Charlemagne was written and staged in Rome by way of celebration.

The libretto for Festa Teatrale was written by the wealthy arts patron and future Pope Alexander VIII, Cardinal Ottoboni. Roman composer (and typesetter) Giovanni Battista Costanzi (aka 'Violoncello') provided the musical score for the production and the set designs were by the noted architect, Nicola Michetti.

14 full-page etchings by F. Vasconi, B. Gabuggiani, P. Piloia, C. Grandi and G. Massi were based on Michetti's stage sets.

The Festival book, Carlo Magno : festa teatrale in occasione della nascita del Delfino : offerta alle sacre reali maestà cristianissime del Re, e Regina di Francia is only available online in pdf format - photocopy of the digitized work - at the University of London Research Library Services (Warburg Institute) website [click on 'festivals' and then the bottom link on the resulting page to go to the information page {it has a timeout setup}] or [pdf - direct download 10Mb]

This short piece (translation) is about the best source of information on the Festa Teatrale book
.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Arctic Ground Squirrel

Title: Arctic Ground Squirrel, Alternative Title: (none), Creator: McCarthy, Jim, Source: SL-03616, Publisher: (none), Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRSTitle: Arctic Ground Squirrel, Alternative Title: (none), Creator: McCarthy, Jim, Source: SL-03616, Publisher: (none), Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS.
Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: Animals, Mammals, Becharof National Wildlife Refuge, Puale Bay, Alaska.

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RELATED: Monday, December 26, 2005 African Elephant, Tuesday, December 27, 2005 African lion, Wednesday, December 28, 2005 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus), Thursday, December 29, 2005 Arctic Ground Squirrel, Friday, December 30, 2005 Bactrian Camels (Camelus bactrianus), Saturday, December 31, 2005 Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), Sunday, January 01, 2006 Beisa Oryx (Oryx beisa), Monday, January 02, 2006 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), Tuesday, January 03, 2006 Bison (Bison bison Linnaeus), Wednesday, January 04, 2006 Black Bear (Ursus americanus), Thursday, January 05, 2006 Black Rhinos (Diceros bicornis), Friday, January 06, 2006 Black- tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus), Saturday, January 07, 2006 Blackbuck Antelope (Antelope cervicapra, L.), Sunday, January 08, 2006 Bobcat (Lynx rufus), Monday, January 09, 2006 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Bull Moose (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Thursday, January 12, 2006 California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi), Friday, January 13, 2006 Caracal (Caracal caracal), Saturday, January 14, 2006 Caribou 2 (Rangifer tarandus), Sunday, January 15, 2006 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), Monday, January 16, 2006 Coke'sgoro hartebeeste, Tuesday, January 17, 2006 Coyote (Canis latrans), Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Dall Sheep (Ovis dalli dalli), Thursday, January 19, 2006 Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis mexicana), Friday, January 20, 2006 Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale Parvula), Saturday, January 21, 2006 East African Hippopotamus, Sunday, January 22, 2006 Elephant Seal (Mirounga angustirostris), Monday, January 23, 2006 Elk (Cervus elaphus), Wednesday, January 25, 2006 Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Thursday, January 26, 2006 Florida Panther (Felis concolor coryi), Saturday, January 28, 2006 Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), Sunday, January 29, 2006 Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Monday, January 30, 2006 Grant's Zebra (Equus burchelli boehmi), Tuesday, January 31, 2006 Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi), Wednesday, February 01, 2006 Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus), Thursday, February 02, 2006 Gray Wolf (Canis lupus), Saturday, February 04, 2006 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis), Tuesday, February 07, 2006 Ground Squirrel, Sunday, February 26, 2006 Ibex (Capra ibex), Thursday, April 13, 2006 Impala (Aepyceros melampus), Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Kodiak Brown Bear (Ursus arctos), Saturday, April 29, 2006 Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sunday, April 30, 2006 Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris), Tuesday, May 02, 2006 Marmot (Marmota caligata), Friday, May 05, 2006 Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), Saturday, May 06, 2006 Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus), Sunday, May 07, 2006 Moose cow with two calves (Alces alces shirasi Nelson), Monday, May 08, 2006 Musk Ox (Ovibos moschatus), Tuesday, May 09, 2006 Nutria (Myocaster coypus), Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Oribi (Ourebia ourebi), Thursday, May 11, 2006 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), Friday, May 12, 2006 Polar Bear and Cubs (Ursus maritimus), Saturday, May 13, 2006 Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei), Sunday, May 14, 2006 Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra americana), Monday, May 15, 2006 Raccoon (Procyon lotor), Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), Thursday, May 18, 2006Reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata), Friday, May 19, 2006 River Otter (Lutra canadensis), Saturday, May 20, 2006 Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis), Sunday, May 21, 2006 Sea Lion Group at Haulout Alaska (Eumetopias jubatus), Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Sea Otters (Enhydra lutris), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Serval cat (Leptailurus serval), Saturday, May 27, 2006 Singing Vole (Microtus miurus), Sunday, May 28, 2006 Sitka Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis), Monday, May 29, 2006 Topi (Damaliscus lunatus), Tuesday, May 30, 2006 Tule Elk (cervus nannodes), Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Walrus at Cape Seniavin (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Thursday, June 01, 2006 White Rhinos (Ceratotherium simum), Friday, June 02, 2006 White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), (69 Images)

Meggendorfer Whimsy : Pop-Ups & Sketchbook






Lothar Meggendorfer (1847-1925) grew up in Munich as the youngest of 25 children (2 marriages) . He originallly worked as an illustrator for the satirical magazines Fliegende Blätter and Münchener Bilderbogen but eventually founded the long running Meggendorfer Blätter. He would also illustrate more than 100 children's books.


He is best known however for the ingenious movable (pop-up or toy) books which he took to a new level of sophisticated construction. His first effort, Lebende Bilder was a Christmas gift for his own son but was eventually published in 1878. His books included tab movement, stand-up panoramas and revolving plates, but for all their mechanical complexity his work always displayed comedic situations. Needless to say these new and amazing books were enthusiastically received by the general public. Perhaps it was such enthusiasm that prompted him to add a verse to one of his publications telling children to treat his movable books gently.


There are many websites around with material by Meggendorfer. I had been looking at the book with the Punchinello-like image above when I started searching. I have to say that I was thoroughly enchanted by his original sketchbook. Whimsical scribbles, penetrating caricatures and test book sketches brought not only a smile to my face but had me wondering if and where the matured illustration(s) might be found. I was also turning pages expectantly, hoping that one of the little characters such as the piano player above would reappear (as it did) again and again. Maybe it's the holiday season that has me more than usually appreciative of Meggendorf's benign but insightful humour. He seems like somebody I would love to have met.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Biblia Sacra of 'Petit' Bernard Salomon

"Perhaps no name is more intimately associated with the renaissance of French book illustration than that of Bernard Salomon, foremost designer for the publisher Jean de Tournes of Lyon. Working for de Tournes, Salomon's works intersect with the intellectual, religious and cultural concerns of mid-16th-century France."
The Tower of Babel

The 2nd Plague - Frogs infest Egypt

Pairs of animals are gathered into Noah's ark

Jonah is spat (out) of the whale
"The hundreds of illustrations to the Old and New Testaments ... among many other works Salomon designed, initiate new iconographic and stylistic traditions by recasting earlier formulations into a new, popular, yet elegant idiom."

The handwriting on the wall

Daniel is thrown into the lion's den

Gideon (Jerubbaal) routs the Midianites

The above woodcut images are from the Old Testament and are among 198 illustrations contributed by Bernard Salomon to the 1558 version of the Biblia Sacra that are displayed on the Vivarium website - the online digital collections of St John's University and the College of St Benedict. (20 pages of thumbnails)

The 'Petit' refers to the intricate detail Salomon works into his designs at small scale. Although it seems difficult to identify all the book images that he produced in that he didn't sign his work and much of it was reworking of older illustrations or was itself reproduced by other woodcut artists, Salomon contributed woodcuts for Alciato's famed Emblemata* and designed the images for a mid-16th century book on Ovid's Metamorphosis among other things. [*Most likely this will have been in one of the large number of republications that followed the 1531/1534 originals - certainly Salomon was a leading emblem book illustrator]

The quotes above come from an unfinished PhD dissertation - The woodcuts and art of Bernard Salomon - begun 40 or so years ago (!) by Robert A. Baron who has posted his 'work in progress' online.

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)

Title: Arctic Fox on St. George Island, Pribilofs, Alternative Title: Alopex lagopus, Creator: Sowls, Art, Source: AMNWR/00001/Sowls, Publisher: USFWS, Contributor: ALASKA MARITIME NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGETitle: Arctic Fox on St. George Island, Pribilofs, Alternative Title: Alopex lagopus, Creator: Sowls, Art, Source: AMNWR/00001/Sowls, Publisher: USFWS, Contributor: ALASKA MARITIME NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE.
Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general), Subject: AMNWR, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Pribilofs, St. George Island, Tourism, Wildlife, Viewing, Mammals, Pribilof Islands, Flowers, Alaska Poppy.

An Arctic fox in summer coloration was photographed amoung Alaska Poppies (Papaver alaskanum) by Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge biologist Art Sowls in July of 1988.

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