the echo of a distant time
a side-blog for collecting things that I find beautiful & interesting.


Claude Paradin. Devises Héroïques. 1551.

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Viola Tricolor

Count Franz Graf von Pocci’s Viola Tricolor: In Pictures and Rhyme (1875, Germany)

Franz Pocci (1807–1876) was Bavarian court official but also a puppeteer, Marionette theater director, illustrator, poet, and playwright. Viola Tricolor's proto-Surrealist anthropomorphic pansies appear to be his best-remembered work. Read more about Pocci at wikipedia and see this website for more of his illustration work.


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Some of the skulls in the ossuary of the 15th century Neamt Monastery have little paintings showing their owners in life, others simply state the names and dates of the monks.

Photo credit: Mick Palarczyk

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A masked ball.

From Un autre monde (another world), written and illustrated by Jean-jacques Grandville, Paris, 1844.


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A pair of eyes for a statue 

Made from bronze, quartz, obsidian and marble. 3.8cm high and 5.1cm in length ( 1.5 x 2 inch.) 

Greek, Classical period, 5th century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472–1553) - Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (1531)

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Jacobus Typotius - Symbola diuina & humana (1601) [x].

> Engravings by Aegidius Sadeler.

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Asa Smith. Celestial Illustrations from Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy. 1851.

Contd. from here

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Nude Woman with the Zodiac by Albrecht Durer.

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Daviot Woods in the Fog (by mattshutter)

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Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta.

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A painting of cut agate in the manner of a trompe l’oeil on the reverse side of Christ as the Man of Sorrows, Albrecht Durer, ca. 1493/94.

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