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Odd Imagery

Gate to A Cemetary (1631)

This is an architectural design for the entrance to a cemetery. The source doesn’t mention if the gate was ever made – hopefully, we will never find out firsthand.

Designer Keyser (I), Hendrick de. Publisher Danckerts (I), Cornelis. Gate to cemetery at the Westerkerk, 1631. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Nutcracker with A Bloody Sword (1898)

There stood a Nutcracker with the bleeding sword in his right hand and a candle in his left hand.

Beautiful nightmare fuel. The artist, Willem Wenckebach, mostly does architecture drawings. So while browsing his collection, this piece really stood out!

Wenckebach, Willem. Nutcracker with a Candle and Bloody Sword, 1898. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Frog Serenade (1876)

Romance is still alive, not croaked.

Soule, J.P. A Male Frog, playing guitar…, 1876. Wellcome Collection, public domain.

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A Glass of Whiskey (1913)

Unknown women with a unique style and a random collection of mini chairs.

Bellocq, Ernest James. Portrait of an unknown prostitute with a glass of whiskey, 1913. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Wildman on a Unicorn

“Wild man riding a unicorn, his body covered with leaves and on his head a crown of branches”

Description

Master of the Amsterdam Cabinet. Wildman on a Unicorn, 1473 – 1477. Rijksmuseum, public domain.

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Questional Sloth Art

This is part of a series called “Nova collection of the most curious animals in the world”. There is no information as to why the sloth has a human face. It could be that like many older artists – Tempesta drew an animal he had never seen with his own eyes.

The caption includes two words that I think reference: Asclepius and primate. The first usage of the word primate originates from 1200. I was unable to find the first reference of a sloth being a marsupial versus a primate. Although, I do not think it would be unheard of for sloths to be mislabeled as a primate in the 17th century.

The next question is – How do sloths and the God of Medicine relate? That I have no answer for. And I looked into this way longer than I should have.

Tempesta, Antonio. Sloth, 17th Century. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain License. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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Curious Text

Anathomia

Anathomia is Greek for “Anatomies”. These illustrations are from a book by “Pseudo-Galen”, a person impersonating the Greek physician Claudius Galenus.

Galen, Pseudo. Anathomia, 15th Century. Wellcome Collection, Public Domain License.

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Samurai With Sword From 1860

Posing armored Samurai with a sword and dagger. The photographer was Felice Beato, who was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first war photographers.

Beato, Felice. Samurai With Sword, 1860. Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain License. Information is from Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0).

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Vintage Glass Eye From 1901

This is not the first or last glass eye I will share here. They are just so rad looking!

“Glass was the obvious material for artificial eyes in the early 20th century. This eye is hemispherical and remarkably lifelike. It was made by the eye maker Gustav Taylor. He prided himself on the natural appearance of his artificial eyes. Taylor handcrafted them within an hour for customers while they waited. maker: Taylor, Gustav Place made: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom.” – Image source.

Taylor, Gustave. Vintage Glass Eye, 1901. Wellcome Collection, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

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Natural History Ensembles

Beautiful nature that leaves you feeling a bit itchy.

Boodt, Anselmus Boëtius de. Verhulst, Elias. Hoefnagel, Jacob. Natural History Ensembles, 17th Century. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain License.