from another favourite illustrator, a few images from the stunning illustrated poem Nova Venus...
INFINITELY GRACIOUS, radiantly beautiful,
Aphrodite rose from the foam.
All life loved and laughed, and begot new life in tender play....
In 1923 Mahlon Blaine burst upon the art scene with striking works of imagination and vision. Within a short time his work was published in everything ranging from children's books and mainstream magazines to erotic portfolios. The body of work he produced between 1926 and 1930 was nothing short of phenomenal but after 1931 his output became increasingly sporadic. Sadly like so many artists before him who have given us so much, Blaine died penniless and mostly forgotten in January of 1969.
Prospero Fontana's designs are often obscure in their iconography, their significance as reflections of quattrocento symbols and hieroglyphics have been analysed by Edgar Wind in several sections of Pagan Mysteries in the Renaissance. These striking illustrations have been shown to have influenced Blake and Samuel Palmer after two centuries of neglect.
Achille Bocchi's Symbolicarum Quaestionum, the full book of wonders