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The Human Alphabet
Collection of alphabets comprised of the human body.
Details from Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (ca. 1500)
Collection of detailed crops from Hieronymous Bosch's most ambitious work, The Garden of Earthly Delights.
The Surreal Art of Alchemical Diagrams
The varied tradition of alchemy has given birth to a whole host of strange and wondrous imagery over the centuries. Here we pick out some
The Singerie: Monkeys acting as Humans in Art
Examples of Singerie, from the French for Monkey Trick, a genre of art in which monkeys are depicted aping human behaviour.
The Difficulty of Ruling over a Diverse Nation (1578)
16th-century Dutch engraving depicting a fantastical animal with the heads of various other animals sprouting from its body: an allegory for the difficulty of ruling
The Steps of Life
Selection of images illustrating on the idea that one's life can be thought of as divisible into distinct stages.
Celestial Phenomenon Over Nuremberg, April 14th, 1561
A woodcut and description of strange UFOs seen in the skies of 16th-century Bavaria.
NYPL Release 187k Public Domain Images in Hi-Res
Our selection of highlights from an afternoon's browsing of the NYPL's massive new public domain release — a selection which we hope shows the breadth
Georg Bartisch’s Ophthalmodouleia (1583)
Images from Ophthalmodouleia Das ist Augendienst, the first Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery, published in 1583 by German physician Georg Bartisch (1535–1607),
Watercolours from a 16th-Century De Materia Medica
Wonderful full-page watercolour illustrations from a 16th-century edition of Pedanius Dioscorides's work on herbal medicine, De Materia Medica.
16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes
A medieval pattern book for scribes composed of two parts and dating from around 1510 and hailing from Swabia, Germany - including lots of wonderful
The Travels of Ludovico di Varthema (1863)
The travels of Italian traveler Ludovico di Varthema (ca 1470 – 1517) best known for being the first non-Muslim European to enter Mecca as a
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