History

Dig Into an Enormous Archive of Drawings Unveiling the Complex Root Systems of 1,180 Plants

 History Illustration Science #botany #drawing #plants #roots January 10, 2022 Grace Ebert All images courtesy of Wageningen University & Research It’s generally understood that terrestrial plant life evolved from algae, one key to its successful adaptation being roots that sprawled underground to absorb important nutrients and water. Billions of years later, the fibrous networks …

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Dances and Branches: Colossal’s Most-Read Stories of 2021

 Art Dance History Photography December 29, 2021 Colossal We spent the last year collaborating with creatives from every corner of the planet to publish nearly 700 articles and interviews that range from art, design, and photography to science and history. As we plan our coverage for 2022, we’re looking back at some of the …

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They’re Baaaack: Meet the Creepy Dolls from the History Center of Olmsted County Collection

 History #dolls October 22, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © History Center of Olmsted County We’re sorry to introduce you to the cursed cast of the History Center of Olmsted County’s notorious Creepy Doll Contest: there’s the demonic “Miss Abyss” and her glowing portal-like eyes, the conniving criminal mastermind “Professor Moriarty” that will likely …

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An Immense New Book Surveys the Work of More Than 300 African Artists

 Art History Photography #art history #books October 15, 2021 Grace Ebert Zanele Muholi, Bhekezakhe, Parktown (2016), gelatin silver print, 50 × 35.9 centimeters. Photo © Zanele Muholi. Stevenson, Amsterdam, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Yancey Richardson, New York One of the most expansive volumes of its kind, African Artists: From 1882 to Now compiles a …

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A Heartening Documentary Follows the Community Harvesting Ice in Minnesota’s North Woods

 Documentary History #climate crisis #ice #sustainability #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each winter in Ely, Minnesota, a crew treks out onto a frozen lake to cut hefty blocks of ice from its surface. They haul the thick chunks to storage, where they’re stacked, covered in sawdust, and preserved for use the rest …

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The Exhausted Subject of a Newly Attributed Van Gogh Sketch Embodies All of Us Right Now

 Art History #art history #drawing September 21, 2021 Grace Ebert “Study for ‘Worn Out,’” around November 24, 1882, pencil on paper, 48.8 x approximately 30 centimeters. Courtesy of Van Gogh Museum Hunched over with his face hidden in his palms, the weary subject of a sketch recently attributed to Vincent van Gogh (previously) embraces …

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Archaeologists Uncover Children’s Hand and Foot Prints in What’s Thought to Be the Oldest Cave Art To Date

 Art History #art history #cave art #feet #hands #kids September 16, 2021 Grace Ebert Image via Science Bulletin A series of hand and foot impressions uncovered in the Quesang village in the Tibetan Plateau might rewrite the art-historical timeline. According to an article published this month in Science Bulletin, researchers believe the ancient prints …

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‘Fantastic Landscapes’ Surveys the Vivid Use of Color in Hokusai and Hiroshige’s Woodblock Prints

 Art History #art history #landscapes #printmaking #ukiyo-e #woodblock prints July 16, 2021 Grace Ebert Utagawa Hiroshige, “Yamashiro Province: The Togetsu Bridge in Mount Arashi (Yamashiro, Arashiyama Togetsukyo),” from the series Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces (Rokujuyoshu meisho zue), 1853 An exhibition opening this weekend at the Art Institute of Chicago plunges into the …

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Learn the Shadow Puppetry of Japan’s Edo Period with Hiroshige’s Delightful Woodblock Prints

 Art History #shadows #ukiyo-e #woodblock prints June 2, 2021 Grace Ebert Master the playful art of shadow puppetry with a little help from Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858). The prolific ukiyo-e artist, who is best known for his poetic woodblock prints of the Tōkaidō and views of Edo, also created an instructive series of omocha-e, or …

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A Trio of Visual Catalogs Celebrates the Innovative Figures Who Pioneered Modern Information Graphics

 Design History #books #data #healthcare #infographics #maps #time May 18, 2021 Grace Ebert Emma Willard, Temple of Time. Courtesy of Information Graphic Visionaries and David Rumsey Map Collection A new book set honors the lives and legacies of three figures who fundamentally altered the way we communicate and organize data still today. Information Graphic …

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