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


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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The Life, and Philosophy, of Epictetus with The Embleme of Humane Life, by Cebes. Printed by Thomas Roycroft for John Martyn (To be sold at the sign of the Bell without Temple Bar), 1670.

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Johann Daniel Mylius. Basilica Philosophica. 1618.

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Medieval rockstar

The last page of a medieval book is usually a protective flyleaf, which is positioned between the actual text and the bookbinding. It was usually left blank and it therefore often filled up with pen trials, notes, doodles, or drawings. This addition I encountered today and it is not what you’d expect: a full-on drawing of a maiden playing the lute, which she holds just like a guitar. A peaceful smile shines on her face. I love this rockstar lady, so unexpectedly positioned at the end of the book, trying to catch the reader’s attention as he is closing it.

Pic: London, British Library, Sloane MS 554 (more here).

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~~work in progress~~

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Albrecht Dürer. Sol Lustitiae (Sun of Righteousness). 1500.

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Tall Trees ” by Eyvind Earle

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Annibal Bartlet. Book of Secrets. 1657.

Woodcut diagrams, symbols and illustrations of alchemical processes. 17th century France via the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

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