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Shakespearean beauties in Charles Heath engravings

Anna Page. Shakespearean beauties in Charles Heath engravings

Anna Page (character from “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by William Shakespeare) Shakespearean beauties in Charles Heath engravings (1 March 1785 – 18 November 1848)

Shakespearean beauties in Charles Heath engravings
The heroines of Shakespeare: comprising the principal female characters in the plays of the great poet by Heath, Charles, 1785-1848. Published 1849. This album was released by English engraver, illustrator and publisher Charles Heath (1 March 1785 – 18 November 1848). Charles Heath got his first lessons on art from his father James Heath, who was a successful engraver of his time. The talented boy learned how to produce small plates suitable for book illustration, and at the age of six he made his own etching. Early in life Charles Heath became a fellow of the Society of British Artists, contributing to their exhibitions.
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Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

The sun will rise above our yard (A call for patience, hope). Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova

Russian proverbs illustrated by Marina Rusanova. Contemporary artist Marina Rusanova is the author of lubok series illustrating Russian proverbs and sayings. Her beautiful drawings are derived from popular folk proverbs. Lubki (plural form of the word “lubok”) prints were previously used as decoration in houses and inns, then they were used in book printing. Such simple books mostly consisted of pictures, and were called lubok literature. Early examples of Lubok were dated back late 17th and early 18th centuries, originally they were painted woodcuts, from the mid-19th century they appeared in lithography. Lubki often appear in series, like this one, illustrated by Marina Rusanova Russian proverbs. Marina Rusanova was born in Moscow. She studied at the art school and worked as a graphic designer and an illustrator in different Moscow organizations. In 1981 she graduated from Moscow School of Textiles specializing in hand weaving and tapestry. Since 1982 Marina Rusanova has been participating in art exhibitions of the Moscow Union of Artists.
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Matthaus Schwarz founder of fashion from XVI century

Matthaus Schwarz founder of fashion from XVI century. Portrait of Matthäus Schwarz by Christoph Amberger, 1542, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Matthaus Schwarz founder of fashion from XVI century. Portrait of Matthäus Schwarz by Christoph Amberger, 1542, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Matthaus Schwarz founder of fashion from XVI century.
German accountant Matthaus Schwarz (19 February 1497 – c.1574) not only kept a diary of fashion – hundreds of watercolors, which he chronicled in a particular dress, but also made the first set of “rules of the clothes” – on the combination of colors, functionality, fitness for a particular event. Already in the XVI century, he laid the foundations of what we now call “fashionable.” Historians believe the book of Schwartz is most unique cultural product of the last centuries. The German for 40 years, from 23’s to 63 years of age, step-by-step captured all his life. More precisely, in this he was helped by the artists, whom he hired to sketch his wardrobe or living condition. Best known for not less than 137 watercolors of his face, and the list is updated from time to time with new finds. In fact Matthaus Schwarz was the inventor of the concept of “bow” of the fashion popular among the current hipsters – narcissistically taking pictures of themselves every day.
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Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova

Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova

Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova

Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova, a talented Russian artist who creates wonderful paintings, using old books as a canvas. A series of her work titled «Errata Corrige» (which means “Work on the bugs”) – timid childhood memories captured on the pages of textbooks and lecture notes. Ekaterina Panikanova was born in St. Petersburg in 1975, received art education at the School of Art of the Hermitage Museum. She is the winner of numerous competitions, repeatedly received high awards for her creativity. Now Ekaterina Panikanova lives and works in Rome, continuing to surprise the audience not only with traditional paintings, but also with unusual projects. «Errata Corrige» – is a bold creative experiment in which a large image is placed on a set of book pages. Pages are not fixed, because from time to time they roll over, causing bizarre futuristic combination. Remotely resemble the picture of those coded messages or a puzzle that need to be folded out of disparate parts.
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Secrets of Jordan Lead Codices

Secrets of Jordan Lead Codices. Unique leaden books found in northern Jordan

Secrets of Jordan Lead Codices. Unique leaden books found in northern Jordan

Secrets of Jordan Lead Codices.
Unique leaden books were found in northern Jordan. According to scientists, the collection of ancient manuscripts is able to turn the entire biblical story. A local peasant-Bedouin went to the mountains with his goats. The man knew every stone in the land, therefore, at once he drew his attention to glittering objects. There were 70 books. The books made of lead were fastened by a metal wire. The cave where the books were found, most likely, was the place the first Christians were hiding, back in the 70’s ad, and maybe even before.
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Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun

Last letters of Eva Braun were typed just days before they committed suicide. The letters were intended for Eva Braun’s friend Herta Schneider. In one letter, dated April 19, 1945, she writes that, “despite the thud of artillery and falling bombs”, she is “happy to be close” to Hitler and remains “convinced that everything will turn out all right”. But three days later her mood changed from fragile hope to black despair, as the Red Army smashed into the suburbs of Berlin in April 1945. The discovered letters reveal Hitler’s bride-to-be Eva Braun growing sense of doom. “We are fighting until the last but I’m afraid the end is threatening closer and closer’. She also writes of preparing to die and her bewilderment at how God could let such things happen. In the second letter Braun says: ‘Greetings to all my friends, I’m dying how I’ve lived. It’s not difficult for me. You know that.’ Eight days later, 33-year-old Braun was dead, killing herself alongside her husband of only a few hours, Adolf Hitler.
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Queen of pirates Granuaile

Queen of pirates Granuaile, drawing by Anton Batov

Queen of pirates Granuaile, drawing by Anton Batov

Queen of pirates Granuaile was born Grace O’Malley in 1530, Connaught, Ireland. The name Grace was given to her by the British, with whom the queen of pirates fought or put up all her life. At birth, she was named Grainne, and then was given the nickname Granuaile, which means Bald Grainne. “Bald” she was at thirteen years old, when asked her father to take her with him. She was told that the woman on the ship – a bad omen. Then she took scissors and cut off her short dark curls, “Done, now I am a man!” Her father laughed and took the daughter on a trading expedition to Spain.
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