Ten Depictions of the Cosmos

Depictions of the universe, variously defined. List of figures: Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru. China. Yuan Dynasty (circa 1300) l'Image du Monde by Gautier du Metz (1245) Geheime Figuren der Rosenkreuzer (1785) Sphaera Coelestis Mystica (1739) plate 7 by Johann Georg Hagelgans Lokapurusha (Cosmic Man), Rajasthan (circa 19th cent.) Sheppard's Geographical and Astronomical Clock (circa …

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The Dreams of Jin Xingye

I love art that tells a story. Chinese artist Jin Xingye captures single frames from dreamlike stories, each a moment of a larger implied narrative.

Cenotaph for an Enlightenment Ideal: Why Europe Really Conquered the World

A cenotaph is a marker or monument to a person whose remains are interred somewhere else. Pictured above is Enlightenment architect Étienne-Louis Boullée's famous design for a massive cenotaph in honor of Sir Isaac Newton. It is a wonderful example of the European hubris of the age, a hubris that cast a long shadow from …

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