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Links 1 through 10 of 31 by Paul K tagged emblemata

Humorous engravings from 1600s with allegorical scenes about love and relationships, many featuring sports or games. The pictures show early examples of tennis and shuffleboard and facsimile sports like hockey and bowling.

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Engraved scenes featuring Gods from mythology from a 16th c. book by L Cartari that, although not the first Renaissance depiction of ancient gods, became the gold standard as it was published in the vernacular Italian language and included written and visual descriptions of all the attributes of the deities.

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Woodcut illustrations from early 18th c. These spacey emblems feature devils and allegorical juxtapositions of odd and ordinary objects like hands forming signs with swords or musical instruments or skeletons or animals etc etc. These are weird symbolic Baroque illustrations.

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A very unique late 16th cent. ink manuscript - a kind of private commonplace book featuring didactic/religious/Shakespearean verse and ornate historiated initials and "outsider art"-like sketches of natural history and dragons and skeletons. It's a cross between an obsessive private devotional and an illuminated manuscript (although that hardly describes it adequately).

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Emblem book featuring sometimes odd abstractions of a picture of a heart in a variety of settings in an allegorical work that was intended to convey moral advice about vices and virtues. The book is by the German Baroque poet Georg Phillip Harsdörffer.

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Engravings from 1640 Germany. A kind of odd emblem book. Pics of skeletons, waterwheel, anthropomorphic Arcimboldo librarian, grand dance, devil/angel, fencing contest, allegorical optician, putto in emblems. This is a baffling book++

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The main engraving in the post from 1602 is an allegorical presentation of a stranded whale, seen as a bad omen in that era and associated with other bad events that occurred in Holland at about the same time. Many other whale beaching images too.

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Multi: Illuminated mss: Judaica, modern, black vellum, exquisite miniatures; eccentric nat. history figures; 15th c. astrology calendar; Iranian devil book illustrations; allegorical engravings; watercolour reptiles; images from 2 Kircher books + MORE...

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A groundbreaking series of engravings from 1592 by Jacob Hoefnagel of insects, plants and small animals and reptiles - accurately drawn - in stylised arrangements. There are wonderfully odd motifs in addition to the natural history specimens.

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Very colourful and eccentric watercolour album from 1600 that portrays in allegorical form a festival and parade held on the occasion of the baptism of Princess Elizabeth of Essen in 1596.

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