This is an engraving by famed printmaker and painter Albrecht Durer. The artwork depicts a witch riding a goat backwards. This was not the only work that Durer depicted witches. During this period in European history their was an obsession with the supernatural. Before the Age of Reason superstition and religious fanaticism dominated European political […]Read more "Witch Riding Backwards on a Goat by Albrecht Durer (1500)"
During the 1930s horror films in the United States became widely popular. Universal Pictures was the studio that became dominant in the genre and one its most iconic films was Frankenstein . Boris Karloff played the monster which would become one of his most recognizable roles. The film itself was based off a play version by […]Read more "Universal Pictures Frankenstein Trailer (1931)"
The Hortus Deliciarum was a illuminated manuscript from the Middle Ages, which was an encyclopedia that included knowledge from Arab and classical text . The title in Latin translates to Garden of Delights. The Hortus Deliciarum was written and complied by Herrad of Landsberg a nun from Alsace,France. She most likely was the first woman […]Read more "Depiction of Hell From The Hortus Deliciarum (1180 )"
Toni Morrison ( 1931 -2019) was a novelist, essayist, editor, and professor of English. Her novels such as Song of Solomon and Beloved became popular works of the American literary tradition. Morrison reveals in this interview that her writing began as a way to cope with challenges in life. After a divorce and the dull job […]Read more "Toni Morrison The Writer in America Interview (1978)"
The portrait depicts an emissary Don Miguel de Castro who was involved in peace negotiations between the Dutch Republic and the Kingdom of Kongo. He was the cousin of the Count of Sonho and the Dutch were reliant the Count of Sonho. The Dutch West India Company was fearful of the status of their newly […]Read more "Portrait of Don Miguel de Castro (1643)"
Albrecht Durer was know form producing a prodigious body of work which included woodcuts. This 1498 woodcut is known as the crucifixion. The image seems almost chilling with a skull and what looks like a femur on the ground. Two angels are present on both the left and right. They have cups which they seem […]Read more "The Crucifixion ( 1498)"
Lou Costello and Bud Abbot were a dynamic comedy duo in vaudeville and film. They made numerous movies that continue to be part of American popular culture. Some of their movies are not as remembered as others, but there was one that demonstrates the prejudice of the time. This is a poster from the movie […]Read more "Abbott and Costello “Africa Screams” Movie Poster (1949)"