Showing posts with label woodcuts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label woodcuts. Show all posts

Monday, March 20, 2017

Born today... Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), March 20, 43 BC




All things are always changing,
But nothing dies. The Spirit comes and goes,
Is housed wherever it wills, shifts residence
From beasts to men, form men to beasts, but always
it keeps on living. As the pliant wax
Is stamped with new designs, and is no longer
What once it was, but changes form, and still
Is pliant wax, so do I teach that spirit
Is evermore the same, though passing always
To ever-changing bodies.

-Metamorphoses Book XV 165-8

image: God Pan, woodcut from Metamorphoses 1498


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Wilhelm Laage (1868-1930) ...Final, woodcut 1899




The woodcut with its dark masses, with its "face" striving out of chaos to the light, simple, simple and yet immensely strong in the language, I needed, and jubilantly I clung to him as he said to me: "Take Me, I will help you to express what is raging and roaring within you. " Like a demon, he always stood before me and drove me to restless work. Soon I realized its value for my art. WL 1917



Sunday, September 27, 2015

Monday, December 2, 2013

Woodcut... The Crucifixion...1830



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Rennes, France c1830


Spina, clavi, lancea,
Mite corpus perforarunt:
Unda manat et cruor:
Terra, pontus, astra, mundus,
Quo lavantur flumine!


Thorns, nails, and spear pierce that gentle
Body: water flows forth, and blood: in which
stream are cleansed the earth, the ocean, the
stars, and the world!


from the hymn Crux fidelis




Saturday, October 5, 2013

Edward Topsell ...The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents ... woodcuts 1658




Published in 1658, The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents depicts both real and fantastical creatures in detailed woodcuts. A wide swath of the animal kingdom is represented, including mammals, reptiles,amphibians, insects, and marine life, as well as an array of mythical beasts. 


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MORE woodcuts HERE


Stultifera navis (Ship of Fools) ... Sebastian Brant... woodcuts by Albrecht Dürer... 1498




Woodcuts attributed to  Albrecht Durer. Illustrations from the book
Stulifera navis (Ship of fools) by Sebastian Brant, published by
Johann Bergmann in Basel in 1498



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Five Foolish Virgins

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The Ship of Sight


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Fools far, near and Forever

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He Who Judges Others


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Of Gods Plagues and Punishments


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The Ship of Touch



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Of Dancing


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Of Luck


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Of Scorned Joy


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Of Wooing