24 June 2016

Friday Inspiration: The sea! The sea!

Joseph Mallord William Turner, A Stormy Sky, watercolour on paper c.1823–4 

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Grey Clouds over the Sea, watercolour and gouache on paper c.1835–40

Joseph Mallord William Turner, A Stormy Sea and Sky by Daylight, watercolour on paper,  c.1813

17 June 2016

Friday Inspiration: Et sic in infinitum

The primordial darkness of the universe at the moment before creation, as represented in a plate in Utriusque Cosmi Maioris scilicet et Minoris Metaphysica, Physica, atque Technica Historia (The Metaphysical, Physical, and Technical History of the Two Worlds, Namely the Greater and the Lesser) published by Robert Fludd in 1617. The words Et sic in infinitum (“and like this to infinity”) are written on all four sides of the square

10 June 2016

Friday Inspiration: Cosmographics (Part 4: Orbits)

{left} Le Sphere de Monde by Oronce Fine, 1549  {right} Zubdet ut Tevarih by Lokman, 1583

{left} From Les Echecs amoureux ("Amorous Chess") made for Louise of Savoy, 15th c. {right} Attributed to the atelier of the Catalan Master of St Mark, last quarter of the 14th c.

{left} The Book of Secrets, France, 1656 {right}  Disquisitiones Mathematicae de Controversiis et Novitatibus Astronomicis Christoph Scheiner,  1614