Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tulipa Globosa…

…serotina, aureo colore punctata, cinnabrio colore.

From Hortus Eystettensis, sive Diligens et accurata omnium plantarum, florum, stirpium, ex variis orbis terræ partibus, singulari studio collectarum quæ in celeberrimis viridariis arcem Episcopalem ibidem cingentibus, hoc tempore conspiciuntur delineatio et ad vivum repræsentatio, opera Basilii Besleri Philiatri et Pharmacopoei, M.DC.XIII.

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Hand-drawn Copy…

…of Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola’s Regola delli cinque ordini d’architettura, first printed 1562. The copy is from the second half of the 17th century.


Cabbage Rose

Watercolor by Jan van Huysum (1682–1749), Amsterdam.


Christina Rossetti: Love from the North

I had a love in soft south land,
Beloved through April far in May;
He waited on my lightest breath,
And never dared to say me nay.

He saddened if my cheer was sad,
But gay he grew if I was gay;
We never differed on a hair,
My yes his yes, my nay his nay.

The wedding hour was come, the aisles
Were flushed with sun and flowers that day;
I pacing balanced in my thoughts:
‘It’s quite too late to think of nay.’—

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Insects, 1639

Initialed J.W.V., oil on board, probably Dutch.


Perseus and Andromeda…

…in Meyers Konversationslexikon 1888, after a relief by Julius Troschel forty years earlier. The fig leaf was added for the Lexikon.


Déclaration…

…des droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen, Décretés par l’Assamblée Nationale, aoûst 1789. Painting by Jean Jacques François Le Barbier.
(Huge version, full English Translation.)