Ancient Calendars earliest artworks
The original page 13 of the Codex Borbonicus, showing the 13th trecena of the Aztec sacred calendar. This 13th trecena was under the auspices of the goddess Tlazolteotl, shown on the upper left wearing a flayed skin, giving birth to Cinteotl. The 13 day-signs of this trecena, starting with 1 Earthquake, 2 Flint/Knife, 3 Rain, etc., are shown on the bottom row and the right column.
Category Archive: Books
Ancient Calendars earliest artworks
Mysterious Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
An illustrated encyclopedia of an imaginary world, Codex Seraphinianus is a creation of Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini. He created it during thirty months, from 1976 to 1978. In fact, it’s one of the weirdest books ever published. Indeed, an art book unlike any others.
Noteworthy, SERAPHINIANUS is an abbreviation of a long phrase. Here it is – “Strange and Extraordinary Representations of Animals and Plants and Hellish Incarnations of Normal Items from the Annals of Naturalist/Unnaturalist Luigi Serafini”. In particular, it contains unique grotesque and disturbing surreal parody, pages of the Twilight Zone. Codex Seraphinianus is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique (unreadable) alphabet and numerous illustrations that borrow from the modern age but veer into the extremely unusual. It seems to be very similar to the famous “Voynich Manuscript” … which is the world’s one of the most mysterious and weirdest books indeed.
Most expensive books
Originally published in 1794, The First Book of Urizen – one of the most important parts of the prophetic books of the series of works written by Blake. This copy was sold at New York Sotheby’s in 1999 for $ 2.5 million to a private collector.
Beautiful Bookstore Polare Maastricht
Located in The Netherlands church turned into the Temple of knowledge. There are examples when churches adapt their buildings for wider community use. The Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen may be considered the most beautiful bookstore in the world. It is a bookstore built in a former Dominican church. Merkx and Girod Architects has been restored it to its former glory. The impressive book palace opened its Gothic doors in 2007 in the city of Maastricht, in the Netherlands. Its unique location was the site of a former Dominican church, established in 1294.
Book Towers by Alicia Martin
Born in 1964, Spanish based artist Alicia Martin is famous for her artworks in various fields. In particular, sculpture, photography, video, drawing and installation. … And among her latest creations – art installations with the use of large quantities of books. She has created three picturesque installations in Madrid. The artwork looks very impressive, as if a giant pour thousands of books out of the window. According to the artist, the installation consists of 5000 books. Meanwhile, the construction looks fragile with waving on the wind pages of open books. However, the book tower is well constructed and not fragile at all.
Colorful birds on pages by Paula Swisher
Paula Swisher is an American artist, professor at the University of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Undoubtedly, talented people are talented in many things. Her drawings of beautiful birds on old pages are impressive. It’s amazing to see technical drawings, diagrams and colorful birds among them, as a background. According to the author herself, she creates “visual metaphors”.
Mike Stilkey’s Book installation in Hong Kong
American artist Mike Stilkey lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The creative artist brings new life to old books. Here is his latest installation for the opening of the flagship store in Hong Kong. “There is something weighty and sacred about a book. I really like the idea of taking these discarded books that were once so important to someone and upcycling them into a piece of art instead of seeing them pulped or destroyed. In a way, I feel as though I am saving and immortalizing them.”