plep Archive

30th August
24 Hour London. Photographs.

Chartres Cathedral.

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague.

America Responds 'is a snapshot of PBS's coverage of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This Web site was maintained in the months immediately following the attacks, and now serves as an archive of related resources, analysis and discussion from that moment in time. '

David Horsey. Pulitzer-winning cartoons.

Francoise Pommaret. 'A collection of photographs highlighting the art from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan: sculpture, paintings and murals. '

Kham Aid Foundation. Images of eastern Tibet.

Stuart Jackson Gallery. Ukiyo-e of kabuki, nature, beautiful women, and landscapes.

A Photo Stroll in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Time and Tide: Witnessing Changes in Northwest Coast Art. Inuit art.

The Dawn of Dilbert. 'The Dilbert submission package that follows was mailed to the major cartoon syndicates. Reactions were mixed.'

Dogbert Origin Strips. 'Here's a series of never-before-published Dilbert strips that shows how Dilbert and Dogbert met. The series also introduces a character named Bingo who would have been Dogbert's recurring nemesis. The robot in the strip, Ruebert, made a brief appearance in Dilbert but didn't stick.'

Durham Cathedral & Castle. Online tour.

Hoysala Sculpture of India. 'The Hoysala dynasty from the 11th century lasted for two hundred and fifty years. They developed sculptural and architectural styles which were radically different than what was in existence. The temple scheme is repeated in multiples of two and three. The plinth and sanctum (vimana ) are star (stellate) shaped. A wide pathway runs around the temple on the outside for ritual circumambulating (pradaskshna). The tower ( shikhara ) is subdued by horizontal lines and moldings. It has also miniature sculptured shrines, fretted string courses and moldings. The stellate plan of the temple contributes to a greater variety of light and shade ... '

Kavi Art of the Indian West Coast. 'Art lovers and scholars have largely failed to recognize the Kavi (Kaa-vi) art of coastal Karnataka and Goa. Here, I have tried to introduce this remarkable, yet ignored and dying form of wall art.'

South African Folk Tales.

Specimens of Bushman Folklore.

Cartoonists on the New Iraq.

Cartoonists on SARS.

Pan and Syrinx.

Before. 'This narrative painting describes the moments before a seduction. '

After. 'In this companion piece to the Before [the Seduction], a man stands and hurriedly pulls up his breeches after successfully seducing a young woman. '

The Sacrifice of Polyxena.

A Skygazer's Moon.

Mars Rising Behind Elephant Rock.

Orange Sun Simmering.

Zhang Huan. Chinese artist.

Photo Japan: Castles.

Yearbooks. Indirectly via Sugar & Spicy.

29th August
Nicaraguan Murals 1930-2000.

Building the Washington Metro. 'This site tells the story of the Washington Metro, a 103-mile rapid transit system serving Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas of Maryland and Virginia. Planning for Metro began in the 1950s, construction began in 1969, and the first segment opened for operation in 1976. Metro is one of the largest public-works projects ever built, and it is the second-busiest rail transit system in the United States ... '

Inuit Gallery of Vancouver: Pangnirtung Prints.

Tibetan Painted Scrolls.

London's Voices. 'London's Voices explores, reflects and celebrates London's great diversity through the voices, memories and opinions of Londoners. A three year programme of exhibitions, activities and events, it opens up the Museum of London's rich oral history collection ... '

Maps of Scotland 1560-1928.

Notre Dame de Paris. 'In thinking of Gothic architecture, our thoughts always ascend. For that which embodies Gothic style most is lofty; Rose windows of stained glass, ornately crafted spires, and the guardians of grand cathedrals, the Gargoyles. Each is distinctly Gothic, and all distinctly Notre Dame de Paris ... '

Malcolm Evans Middle East Cartoons. 'These cartoons got Malcolm Evans fired from his job as editorial cartoonist for the New Zealand Herald.'

Treasures of Chisaku-in Temple. 'Chishaku-in was built during the mid-Muromachi period (1392-1573) as a sub-temple of Negoro-ji near Mt. Koya in Kii Province, present-day Wakayama Prefecture. It's founder, the priest Chosei, was in charge of the monks' education, so the temple was associated with scholarship from the beginning. At that time, Negoro-ji was the home to a group of militant monks known as the Negoroshu, who held power equivalent to any of the warring provincial lords of the day. However, because they did not support the unification goals of general Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1582-1598), Negoro-ji was attacked and burned in 1585, and the group was disbanded ... '

Germaine Arnaktauyok. Inuit artist.

Peter Nicholson. Cartoonist for The Australian.

A Glimpse of Krishna. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Honouring a March and a Dream. 'This Thursday, Aug. 28, marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest days in American history -- the day of the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the largest civil rights demonstration of them all and the one that climaxed with Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech that ranks as one of the transcendent legacies of American rhetoric ... ' Via Sugar & Spicy.

Vintage Israeli Advertisements. Via Sugar & Spicy.

Renee French. Cartoonist and illustrator. Via iconomy.

Love Graffiti. Via iconomy.

The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. Via art for housewives.

Triumph of the Marine Venus.

Orpheus and Eurydice.

The Triumph of Venus.

Diana and Her Nymphs Bathing.

Photo Japan: Traditional Fashion.

Photo Japan: Modern Fashion.

Five Headed Icon of Lord Ganesh.

Sculpture of Ardhanarishwara. 'The artist has integrated the male and female bodies representing Shiva and Uma.'

North America Blackout Cartoons.

Email Worm Cartoons.

Plymouth State University Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique. 'The Plymouth State Meteorology Program has developed this server to provide explanations of and access to detailed pictures of some basic cloud forms. The cloud images are relatively large (640x480) in order to show detailed structure and features. All of these pictures were taken in the local area around Plymouth, New Hampshire and most from the weather observation deck on the roof of the Boyd Science Center on the Plymouth State campus. Clouds can move and change shape quickly as indicated in this 30 minute time-lapse mpeg video loop. The purpose of this "boutique" is to provide a general cloud reference and is not intended to provide an all-inclusive list. Images will be added to or changed as opportunities permit. '

Tattooing Robot.

Denizen of the Tarantula Nebula.

28th August
A Visual Sourcebook for Chinese Civilisation.

Greek Regions and Their Costumes.

At Home at Tea Time: Tea Gowns for Distinction and Comfort, 1870-1920. 'As a new form of genteel undress, tea gowns exhibited early and consistently abundant signs of historicism. By 1873, gowns labeled "robes d'interieurs" appeared with stylistic details that would become characteristic of tea gowns: "Watteau pleats", the draped back pleats set at the shoulders found on the 18th century sack dress, and a center-front panel in princess style which was gathered, draped or heavily decorated and perceived as an underdress. These two 18th century elements were often mixed with other revival styles, a common phenomenon for this eclectic era. '

Panache Paige Palmer - A Salute to Fifty Years of Fashion and Fitness. 'Introduced on the air in Cleveland, Ohio at WEWS on January 13, 1949, as the "First Lady of Physical Fitness," Paige Palmer starred in her own television program for 25 years and kept women in Northeastern Ohio tuned in as she told them how to stay young looking, thin and glamorous. Decades ahead of her time, Paige Palmer was the first in the nation to bring a regular exercise regimen to her viewers complete with patented exercise equipment and apparel bearing her name. '
'The museum exhibition highlights the years on Cleveland television, the fashion and fitness promotions, the travel, the celebrities, and the personal panache that have kept Paige Palmer in the spotlight for fifty years and more. '

Legends of Our Times: Native Ranching and Rodeo Life on Plains and Plateau. 'Throughout the ages, Northern Plains and Plateau peoples have had a special relationship with the horse, dog and buffalo. This relationship enabled them to adapt to ranching and rodeo life. Today, the pride and spirit of the "Horse People" live on. '

Gary D. Tonhouse: Tallgrass Prairie Photography. 'The North American prairie is one of the most endangered ecosystems on earth--perhaps even more endangered than the South American rain forest or the old growth forests of the American northwest. '
'The grasslands of North America began to form about 20 million years ago, but in some areas, up to 99 percent of the prairie has been destroyed in just the last 125-150 years ... '

Gary D. Tonhouse: Wildlife Photographs.

Uma Mahesvara, Siva with Parvati. Via Panasia Gallery.

From Time Immemorial: Tsimshian Prehistory. 'This virtual exhibition presents findings of the North Coast Prehistory Project, carried out by the Museum to uncover archaeological information and tie it in with research done earlier by Harlan Smith, Marius Barbeau and William Beynon. Tsimshian prehistory is presented in a setting that includes an archaeological dig (reconstructed from a site near Prince Rupert harbour), an environment of forest and petroglyphs, and a display area rich in artifacts from the Tsimshian peoples of the north coast of British Columbia ... '

Different Voices: New Art from Poland.

For Erin: A Royal Remembrance.

What Daisy Wore: Gatsby Era Costumes from the Helen O. Borowitz Collection. 'This exhibition comes from the collection of Helen O. Borowitz, donor, friend and supporter of the Kent State University Museum. Although her collection includes costumes and accessories ranging from the 1860s to the present day, we focus here on objects from the 1920s and early 1930s, an era famous for the sophisticated lifestyle captured in the pages of the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald. These are the ensembles that might have been worn by Daisy Fay Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, ensembles that represent the jazz age and reflect the changing aesthetic at the beginning of the second quarter of the 20th century.'

Wrapped in Splendour: The Art of the Paisley Shawl.

Gone with the Wind: Women, Race and Material Culture in the 20th Century. 'Gone with the Wind: Women, Race and Material Culture in the 20th Century seeks to explore the influence of both the novel and the film since the publication of the novel in 1936 and the first release of the film in 1939, through documents and objects on loan to the Kent State University Museum for this exhibition. The popularity of these two works of the imagination does not mask their more controversial aspects, particularly as they depict the complex of American social relationships in the era of the Civil War. '

Celebrating Elegance. 'The exhibition surveys 20th century American and European design. In conjunction with The Kent State University Museum's yearly gala, the exhibition focuses mostly on evening and cocktail wear. '

Arthur Morris: Birds as Art. Photography.

The Hester Collection of Chinese and South East Asian trade ceramics.

The Guthe Collection of ceramics from South and South East Asia.


27th August
London 1753. 'The British Museum was founded in 1753, at a time when London was changing from being the capital of an emerging economy to the centre of a new empire. The mid-eighteenth century saw a number of significant national and international events. In 1746 the defeat of the Jacobite Rebellion at the battle of Culloden ended Stuart claims to the monarchy. In 1763 the end of the Seven Years' War left Britain in control of Canada, India and much of the Caribbean ... '

Animals in the British Museum. 'The British Museum has many wonderful representations of animals. Some of the earliest surviving art show animals being hunted for food or connected with religious activities. As human societies developed, animals came to represent complex ideas of power and status: for example, the lion is associated with royalty in many different cultures. In agricultural societies ownership of domesticated animals and their usefulness in food and clothing production and for transportation created opportunities for trade and wealth generation. Animal sacrifice is a feature of many religions. Images of animals prepared as ritual offerings to the gods often feature in ancient art ... '

The Ten Oxherding Pictures from the Manual of Zen Buddhism, D.T. Suzuki.

Sensual Africa. Photography. Not work safe.

Mughal Architecture of India. 'The Mughal dynasty was established with the crushing victory of Babur at Panipat in 1526. During his short five-year reign, Babur took considerable interest in erecting buildings, though few have survived. Babur's son Humayun was dissolute and wayward in his early years and the Mughal empire fell to the Suris in 1540. The tomb of Sher Shah Suri is an architectural masterpiece that was to have a profound impact on the evolution of Indo-Islamic funerary architecture. Humayun reestablished the Mughal empire in 1555. His tomb at Delhi represents an outstanding landmark in the development and refinement of the Mughal style. It was designed in 1564, eight years after his death, as a mark of devotion by his widow, Haji Begum ... '

The Myth of the Trojan War. 'The myth of the Trojan War was a great and continuing inspiration to Greek artists and poets. The main lines of the story were sketched out by early epic poets such as Homer (eighth century BC), but the tradition was never firmly fixed. Later poets treated the myth freely; small incidents were enlarged, new episodes were introduced, local variants incorporated and different (even contradictory) interpretations offered ... '

Drawings in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

The Museum of the Mind. 'Memory is essential to our idea of who we are. Without it we have no sense of continuity, either as individuals or as communities ... '

Top Ten British Treasures in the British Museum.

Classical Art in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Costume and Textiles in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Contemporary Art in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Prints in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Ganesha. The Hindu deity of good fortune.

Ten-gu. A bogeyman from Japanese folklore.

West African Mysteries. Photography.

Images of the Sun. (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)

The Grand Canyon of Mars.

The Northern Milky Way.

26th August
Emergence from the Shadow: First Peoples' Photographic Perspectives. (Canadian Museum of Civilisation)
'Popular culture - from cigar store icons to television and the Hollywood western - has played a major role in creating and ingraining stereotypical images of the North American Indian. Emerging from the shadow cast by this popularized notion of Indian life, this exhibition's two perspectives on First Peoples explore themes of community and continuity, and how the past influences the present in both cultural and artistic terms. '

Buddhist Art and Ritual from Nepal and Tibet.

Posing for Paper Dolls: Fashions from 1750 to 1900. 'This exhibition explores fashion from the 18th and 19th centuries through authentic garments of the time period and the paper doll artistry of Norma Lu Meehan. '

The Hours of the Woman of Leisure. 'This exhibition examines the variety of garments that were appropriate to wear in different surroundings and times of day in the nineteenth century by women who followed fashion and lived a life of leisure. The nineteenth-century witnessed the propagation of periodicals aimed at a wide array of individuals and social classes on both the European and American continents. Within different types of publications, the fashion plate was found to be a popular feature that informed audiences of the changes in styles and was also partially responsible for the dissemination of certain genres. These plates became an important mode of communication that helped codify existing rules and regulations regarding how garments were to be worn and in what surroundings they were suitable.'
'The women depicted in the fashion plates were not the same as those targeted by today's fashion industry. Instead of the pre-pubescent ideal, the wife and mother was the glorified role model. Body types depicted illustrated this difference well: in keeping with female anatomy, hips, bellies and buttocks were much admired and necessary to attain the fashionable silhouette, as was the bearing of a generous bosom. These components helped to create the illusion of a smaller waist, which was also made possible by the wearing of corsets ... '

A Million Lives. 'Links to thousands of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories and more. ' Via MeFi.

Photos: His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Rossi & Rossi: Indian and Himalayan Sculpture and Painting.

The Haida: Children of Eagle and Raven. 'The Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) have fascinated all who have visited them, from the first travellers and explorers of the late eighteenth century to the anthropologists of the present. To early visitors the Haida presented a culture, complex in social organization and rich in artistic expression, which displayed a fine and fulfilling balance between man and the natural and supernatural worlds. With continued exposure to the pressures, both spiritual and material, of European culture this balance was disrupted, and the traditional Haida way of life came close to extinction. Today, however, the Haida regard their future with hope, bolstered by recent developments that hold great potential for reinforcing their cultural revival ... '

Pulitzers and Portraits: Treasured Photographs by Paul Tople.

Designing Domesticity: Decorating the American Home since 1876. 'What makes a house a home? For nearly two centuries, American critics and reformers have wrestled with that question. Although Americans at the beginning of the nineteenth century lived in a variety of dwellings, by the eve of the Civil War architects, social reformers and fiction writers were using their pens to forge an ideal of the suburban, single-family dwelling as the right way of living. The family was the basic social unit of the State, these authors argued; the home was the place in which society and nation could be perfected. Since that time, the nation's printing presses have never stopped in their production of plan books, architectural treatises, decorating and interior design guides, household advice manuals, house trade advertising, and domestic fiction. And Americans have never stopped reading this advice literature. Or building, buying, renovating, or dreaming of, home ... '

Centuries of Childhood: Children's Fashions from 1740 to 1940. 'The history of children's clothing reflects the attitude of adults toward childhood, as, until very recently, children had no voice in the matter. Prior to the late 18th century, children were dressed as miniature adult, in garments which limited their physical freedom and imposed societal restrictions on their behavior. From birth, infants were tightly wrapped in swaddling clothes, which immobilized their limbs. Toddlers were put into smaller versions of their parents' clothing, a practice which reflected the prevailing view that childhood was an undesirable prelude to adulthood, to be gotten through as soon as possible ... '

Uncommon Clay: Ohio Pottery from the Paige Palmer Collection. 'Uncommon Clay: Ohio Art Pottery from The Paige Palmer Collection reflects the dynamic historical forces that shaped the ceramics industry during the Arts and Crafts movement between 1870 and 1930. These include the onsurge of patriotism, women's suffrage, big business, interior design and the industrial revolution. '

University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instruments: Physics.

University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instruments: Psychology.

University of Toronto Museum of Scientific Instruments: Zoology.

Namgyal Monastery. The North American seat of the Dalai Lama.

Flora and Fashion: Gardens Become Us 'features a range of fashions influenced by botannicals and florals including 18th century costume, 19th and 20th century ballgowns, garden party dresses, floral hats, textiles, accessories, and elegant examples of couture from Dior, Balenciaga, Norell, and Chanel, among others. '

Isabel and Ruben Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion.

Scaasi: An American Icon. 'With his passion for fashion, he has left his indelible, exuberant and glamorous mark on many American celebrations, from private family weddings to public presidential inaugural balls. '

Charles Kleibacker: Master of the Bias. 'Charles Kleibacker is one of the few American designers to have made a name for himself creating intricate garments in the couture tradition. Instead of mass-produced ready-to-wear, he created a limited number of extremely well-crafted garments that accented body shape and enhanced wearing comfort. Unsatisfied with industrial construction methods, he specialized in hand-sewn assembly techniques that enabled him to produce remarkable designs, many with highly complex bias-cut construction ... '