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The Spinning Sow (1673)

17th-century Dutch engraving showing a team of pigs spinning cotton, while in the corner a woman — who’d normally be associated with the work — sleeps….more

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

Rainbows in Art

Depictions spanning more than 800 years – in chronological order – of that most enigmatic of weather phenomena, the rainbow….more

The Steps of Life

Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one’s life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages….more