Monthly Archives: May 2012


The human digestive and respiratory system seen as a chemical plant. Chromolithograph by Fritz Kahn, 1926, from his book Das Leben des Menschen. Click for full size.



William-Adolphe Bouguereau: L’été.


Watercolor by Albrecht Dürer, c. 1500.


Arturo Toscanini with his wife and an unidentified woman, 1920s

Yu no ka

The fragrance of a bath, shin hanga print by Itō Shinsui, 1930.

Unknown Beauty…

…captured by Pompeo Mariani (1826–1886) in pastel on cardboard.

Female Knight of Swords

The Cary-Yale Visconti deck may be the oldest Tarot deck in existence. It is one of several hand-painted Italian decks that the Visconti family commissioned in the 15th Century. 67 cards remain in existence.

The Cary-Yale Visconti deck is unique in that it seems to have been created with 6 court cards per suit rather than 4 as in traditional Tarot decks. The knights and valets too come in a male and female version.

The deck was created between the 1420s and 1460s in Milan. It is sometimes ascribed to Bonifacio Bembo.