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darksilenceinsuburbia:

David Maisel

Black Maps: Terminal Mirage

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spookyarms:

they took the children
they took everything

in-the-horniman:

This is our favourite object of the week! An amazing, very large shield painted with two human faces.
Unfortunately we don’t know much about it yet.

in-the-horniman:

This is our favourite object of the week! An amazing, very large shield painted with two human faces.

Unfortunately we don’t know much about it yet.

sosuperawesome:

Custom made leaves and flowers made with your photographs for framing, putting in a vase or to wear as a brooch or necklace.

By Miranda van Dijk in Oud Beierland, The Netherlands.

deadsymmetry:

enrique martínez celaya

deadsymmetry:

enrique martínez celaya

awwww-cute:

Surprise kiss

awwww-cute:

Surprise kiss

amorin:

William Stanley Haseltine  - A Calm Sea Mentone

amorin:

William Stanley Haseltine  - A Calm Sea Mentone

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Abraham Megerle: Speculum Musico-Mortuale

Salzburg, 1672

These interesting engravings come from a 1672 Salzburg manuscript, Speculum Muscio-Mortuale by baroque composer Abraham Megerle(s).

To the best of my limited understanding (limited by the dearth of relevant information on the web and by the usual translational aberrances) Megerle (1609-1670) was from Innsbruck, Austria and pursued something of a religious life as Director of Cathedral Music in Konstanz, Germany and was a music pupil of Johann Stadlmayr.

It would seem that these Totenköpfen (‘deadheads’ - skulls) form some sort of allegorical centrepiece, augmented by the musical instruments and symbols in each illustration. The engravings are placed among descriptive and biblicial text and give the appearance to my mind of some kind of musical half-cousin to the emblemata genre. I saw some passing reference to this volume being an autobiography but I’m not sure about that.

It’s best to see them in their original context, particularly if you read german (and latin moreso). I’m very curious so if anyone knows what the book is about or has any edumacated guesses to offer, please go right ahead.

There is also reference to a Peter Tenhaef and his  Abraham Megerles “Speculum musico mortuale” and its dead-liturgical parallels in the “Beylag to my will” in: Music in Bavaria 56 (1998), 15-40 .. [I’ve half a mind to contact him at his university email address and ask some questions] (by peacay)

The above Megerle images are nearly the total on display at the Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg (translation page)

gaksdesigns:

Ocean inside an Opal Gem.
Exceptional and very rare Oregon opals with precious color play. These particular crystals have a visual effect of being underwater when held to light. A combination of the facets and the colors create an unearthly effect. (via Inna Gem)