Master of the Brussels Initials The Annunciation; a cat and dog…

Master of the Brussels Initials

The Annunciation; a cat and dog play in the foreground; inhabited initial and decorated border with foliage, birds and figures.

Circa 1407

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“Corporal existence should not be viewed as a separation of entities, but the divergences of one that…”

Corporal existence should not be viewed as a separation of entities, but the divergences of one that has flung itself from the well of Eternity into the aether of the Temporal. Like a thought, when called upon it is given shape, colour, motion, and a breath which is their clay, malleable to their own discretion. But once its recollection has been complete it falls back into the waters of Memory, moving swift with the currents as it waits for the callings of Life in times of need.

Rubene, Le soufi mystique
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Initial ‘N’, the Last Supper Date: Circa 1500

Initial ‘N’, the Last Supper

Date: Circa 1500

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Theodor de Bry (1528–1598) ‘The Virginian’s manner of dancing…

Theodor de Bry (1528–1598)
‘The Virginian’s manner of dancing at their religious festivals’. Engraving of a group Native Indians dancing round a circle of wooden posts, on the top of which are carved hooded human faces. Most of the group are wearing fringed apron-skins; their bodies decorated with body paint, and feathers in their hair. They hold twigs and gourd rattles. Three women in the centre are clasped closely together, facing inwards.

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“The actions of Being are that of God refining himself through the experience of his own…”

The actions of Being are that of God refining himself through the experience of his own contemplation.

Rubene, Le soufi mystique
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Francesco Bacchiacca (1494–1557) Sibylle 1525-1550

Francesco Bacchiacca (1494–1557)

Sibylle

1525-1550

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Undated sepia-toned illustration of the mythical Hanging Gardens…

Undated sepia-toned illustration of the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon by Maerten van Heemskerck (1498-1574), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

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“To him, man was a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex multiform creature that…”

To him, man was a being with myriad lives and myriad sensations, a complex multiform creature that bore within itself strange legacies of thought and passion, and whose very flesh was tainted with the monstrous maladies of the dead.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
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Hendrick van Cleve (circa 1525–1589) Construction of the Tower…

Hendrick van Cleve (circa 1525–1589)
Construction of the Tower of Babel
16th century

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An illuminated manuscript miniature,c.1430-40, of Edward III of…

An illuminated manuscript miniature,c.1430-40, of Edward III of England (1327-1377). The king is wearing a blue mantle, decorated with the Order of the Garter, over his plate armour. From the 1430 Bruges Garter Book made by William Bruges (1375–1450), first Garter King of Arms, British Library, Stowe 594 ff. 7v

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