The City of Truth, or, Ethics (1609)

Images of imaginary utopias and dystopias used to illustrate an allegorical poem by Bartolomeo Del Bene (1515-1595) — a reworking of Aristotle’s Nichomachean Et…more

16th-Century Ornament Prints

A collection of highly elaborate ornament prints, mostly in the grotesque style, from the collection of the Rijksmuseum – stunningly surreal and elaborate designs….more

Various Forms of Architecture (1636)

A selection of illustrations from Variae Architecturae Formae, a series of architectural studies after the works of Joanne Vredemanni Vriesio, also known in Dutch a…more

Novum Instrumentum Geometricum (1607)

Illustrations from Leonhard Zubler’s Novum Instrumentum Geometricum (1607). Zubler was a Swiss goldsmith and instrument maker who is credited with introducing the…more

Fortification Theory (1600)

Images from Jean Errard’s Fortification Réduicte Art and Démonstrée (Paris, 1600), a seminal work in fortification theory. Errard (1554-1610) was a mathematici…more