The Intimate Sketchbooks of G. Braque.
Page 98.


Selfie of drunk medieval decorator

This is an unusual image, in more than one sense of the word: it is a rare example of a selfie made by a person who decorated medieval books; and he is drinking on the job. Check out other selfies from medieval times - and the story behind them - in my new blog post: Medieval Selfies.

Pic: Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Cod. mus. I 2 65 (dated 1512).


Félix Vallotton, Le cadavre,  1894, musée de Grenoble

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Melt / Portrait of an Iceberg by Simon Harsent

Mackenzie Bay, Antarctica



Royal did two of these. This is the other one, not featured on the cover. It’s so ominous I can’t get myself to unwrap it.

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Thomas Cooper Gotch

'The Lantern Parade', 1910, oil on canvas

'Study for the Birthday Party', about 1930, oil on canvas

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Gustave Caillebotte - The Floor Scrapers (1875-6)

Original on top, later version below

"Despite the effort Caillebotte put into the painting, it was rejected by France’s most prestigious art exhibition, The Salon, in 1875. The depiction of working-class people in their trade, not fully clothed, shocked the jurors and was deemed a ‘vulgar subject matter.’ 

The images of the floor scrapers came to be associated with Degas’s paintings of washerwomen, also presented at the same exhibition and similarly scorned as ‘vulgar’”.


see more pages from the miscellanies of iskandar sultan, grandson of the infamous timur, here. these were compendia of some of the most popular texts of the day ranging from poetry to a translation of euclid’s elements of geometry, all in one book for his convenience.

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Josef Albers — Structural Constellations, 1958.


Alain LeRoy Locke, philosopher, writer, and educator, was born on this date, September 13, 1886, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Locke went to Harvard and was the first African American to win the Rhodes Scholarship. He went to Oxford University for philosophy and received his doctorate from Harvard in 1918. Locke then became a professor of philosophy and literature at Howard University. Throughout his life, Locke encouraged African American artists and writers such as Zora Neale Hurston. Locke also wrote about the African and African American experience and identity, and the Harlem Renaissance. He published “The New Negro” in 1925, an anthology of poetry, essays and fiction on African and African American art and literature, which contains the portrait of Alain LeRoy Locke by Winold Reiss pictured. Locke is known as “The Father of the Harlem Renaissance.”

Image: NYPL Digital Collections