1592: Coining Columbus

For many the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a tropical beach formally announcing their presence to the dumbfounded Amerindians. Michiel van Groesen explores the origins of this eurocentric iconography and ascribes it's persistence to the editorial strategy of the publisher who invented the initial design a full century after Columbus' encounter took place. …Continued

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Tractatus de Herbis (ca.1440)

Selections from a beautifully illustrated 15th century version of the “Tractatus de Herbis”, a book produced to help apothecaries and physicians from different linguistic backgrounds identify plants they used in their daily medical practise. No narrative text is present in this version, simply pictures and the names of each plant …Continued

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Mary and Gretel (1917)

A fairy brings two dolls to life, part of a short lived stop-motion puppet series by animator Howard S. Moss, described as Alice in Wonderland meets the Garden of Eden, a surreal fable of a drunk rabbit, bowling dwarfs, and the two bewildered girls of the title. …Continued

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