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mumtazi:

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Nocturnal

Dial consisting of a disk engraved on both sides. The recto bears markings for the zodiac signs, months, and days. On it rotates a circle divided into 29 parts and carrying two indexes; on this circle is a small rotating disk fitted with a gnomon, a compass, and an index with the French inscription - Ligne de foy - [line of trust]. On this side the instrument could be used either as a sundial or a nocturnal. The verso carries the hour lines and a small tilting gnomon. There is a suspension ring. The inscriptions in French and the word - Pign - engraved on the index suggest the instrument was made by a craftsman named Pineau, on whom we have no information. Probable provenance: Medici collections

(Source: elpasha71, via cupcakelogic)

centuriespast:

Goat head
Sumerian
Iraq, Fara
Period: Pre-Sargonic
Copper
Penn Museum

centuriespast:

Goat head

Sumerian

Iraq, Fara

Period: Pre-Sargonic

Copper

Penn Museum

(via demoniality)

mmhawkes:

Today’s art appreciation: Bernie Wrightson’s illustrations of Frankenstein.

These illustrations are absolutely stunning. I don’t know if I have adequately expressed my love of this novel yet (if not, do not doubt that I will do so soon), but Wrightson’s drawings are a perfect compliment to the book. For one thing, they are so very powerful. Look at the one of Frankenstein cradling Elizabeth. Look at the others. Look at the ice. Look at the details of his study. Gorgeous. Beyond that, however - look at the one set in the pouring rain. Where everything is drawn in downward hatching to convey the weather and atmosphere. It is insane.

And, really, that is the big thing to be looking at here. More than even how evocative of the feel of the novel his drawings are (and, really, they very much are so), it is the sheer draughtsmanship of them. The clean, consistent pen lines, the composition, the lighting and value range… THERE IS SO MUCH TO BE LEARNED FROM THIS MAN. Seriously. Take a moment to simply appreciate how well each of them even work as thumbnails. They are brilliantly drawn and executed.

This is true illustration, my friends. Just marvel in the skill it took to make them.

(via chrisvisions)

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