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10th February

Framley Museum. 'Framley Museum is a community museum serving the Framley area, collecting relics from the local past to tell the story of the history of the people and places that make Framley what they are today ... ' Local history.

A Collection of British Legends. 'Dando was a dissolute old priest whose flock heard more of horn than of homily. At a "kill" one day, having drunk all that his followers would readily offer, he accepted the flask of a strange horseman. He returned it empty and reluctantly, for never before had such rare vintage stirred his veins. "I'll gallop to Hell for more," he swaggered. "Then come!" cried the handsome stranger, who whisked Dando on to his pommel and raced away with the hounds at his heels. So great was the speed that the pack was soon outdistanced and still at night-time it follows its endless quest. '

Snow, Moon and Flowers: The Japanese View of Nature. Ukiyo-e, with galleries.
Set of Square Plates with Flowers, Birds, and Poems Representing the Twelve Months.

Sumisho Art Gallery: Ukiyo-e.

The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands. 'The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands explores the history of the Dutch presence in America and the interactions between the United States and the Netherlands from Henry Hudson's 1609 voyage to the post-World-War-II period. The project is the product of ongoing cooperation between the Library of Congress and the National Library of the Netherlands, which has enlisted the cooperation of other leading Dutch libraries, museums, and archives.'

Nyerere's Ghost. 'Commentary on the news, culture, sports and current events of sub-Saharan Africa from someone who's lived there.'

Interactive Frog Dissection.

Sheep Brain Dissection Guide.

Cezanne at

Jim Dodd. 'It makes me feel good to paint. I paint because that is what I do and what I am - an artist. I have been painting since childhood and continue to explore and learn with each new painting. For an artist to succeed he must love his work, work hard, and open himself to the creative spirit that lives within each of us.' - Jim Dodd.

American Traditions: A Taste for Folk Art.

Wayne Thiebaud: Memories and Delights. 'We celebrate the art and the career of Wayne Thiebaud as we delight in in his engaging and thoughtful work. Thiebaud's strongly illuminated forms possess a dignity that transcends their familiar origins. His memorable paintings of cakes and pies, display counters, shoes and ties, Sacramento Delta marshes and vertiginous San Francisco streets offer an open-minded and egalitarian view of American life ... '

Gerald Liu. 'Canadian artist Gerald Liu has been painting flowers-and-birds in traditional Chinese style for more than thirty years. Born in Hong Kong, at the age of six he learned to write Chinese characters using the brush technique unique to this art form. '

Rebkong (Amdo) Paintings. 'A series of tangkas from the Rebkong region of Eastern Tibet (Qinghai Provence, China) commissioned between 1942 and 1954 by a single family. '

The Crystal Palace. Virtual models of the Victorian wonder.

Edgar Degar. Essay and images.

Eugene Delacroix. Essay and images.

Mathabo Nthako. An artist from Lesotho. 'In this piece Daniel wrestles a lion but seems more concerned with the lion's dental hygiene than his personal safety. In other works hunters, apparently misjudging the ferocity of their prey, seek refuge in insubstantial trees, women go about their daily business carrying bundles of various kinds on their heads and Meshack, Shadrack and Abednego staunchly refuse to bow down to the "Animal God". '

Baka Forest People. Music and culture of the pygmies of Central Africa.

Ghost Signage of Northern California.

Roadside Cafes of Northern California.

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis. 'Fixing the viewer with a dreamy gaze, the fair-haired Telemachus grasps Eucharis's thigh with his right hand while holding his sword upright with the other ... '

A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros.

Mahatma Gandhi Quilt.

Wang Duo Calligraphy.

A Desperate Time. Poem.

Historical Microscopes.

A Collection of Historical Scales and Weights.

Some Early Microscopes from the Optical Institute in Wetzlar.

9th February

The St Albans Psalter. 'Evidence from the text and illustrations suggests that the book was essentially created for Christina of Markyate, an anchoress (born c.1096- died after 1155), by Geoffrey de Gorham (or Gorron), Abbot of St Albans (1119-1146).'
'Briefly, Christina was an attractive Anglo-Saxon girl whose parents forced her to marry, much against her wishes. She had made a private vow to become a nun following a childhood visit to St Albans Abbey. She repudiated her husband on her wedding night, struggling to remain a virgin, and eventually managed to run away from home. She fled to a series of Anglo-Saxon hermits who protected her for a number of years, finally reaching Roger the Hermit, a monk from St Albans, at his cell at Markyate. When he died, she took over the cell and was subsequently protected by Abbot Geoffrey. She exerted considerable influence over the abbot's spiritual development and administrative decisions, while he provided her cell with financial support. Their intimate relationship remained chaste, but caused malicious gossip and jealousy at the abbey. Geoffrey was originally a school master from Maine in France who started teaching at Dunstable near St Albans. While producing a liturgical play he accidentally burned some copes he had borrowed from the abbey, and decided to become a monk as recompense. His interest in drama and teaching is evident in the psalter.'
'The book is important because of its outstanding illuminations, particularly the miniatures painted by the so-called Alexis Master, which are among the finest examples of English Romanesque painting. The Chanson of Alexis is the earliest surviving example of Old French literature and is a key text for the development of the French language. Lastly, the connection with Christina and Geoffrey adds a further dimension of interest because Christina's Life is recorded in a contemporary manuscript, partly dictated by Christina herself. (Talbot, 1998). This vivid document, containing the dramatic account of her struggles to become a nun, provides a profound understanding of her faith, love, visions and thoughts.'

1200 Years of Italian Sculpture. Many images.

Japanese Streets. The world of Japanese street fashion.

Floria Yancey. Outsider/folk artist. 'Floria is a self-taught Southern Black Folk artist, who began her art as a way to express the dreams and visions that she has experienced all her life, with a lot coming from early childhood memories, her Southern outsider folk art, along with a few other black artist, such as John Henry Toney, Mose Tolliver, Annie Tolliver, Thornton Dial etc ... is popularly known as African American Art, Black Art, Black folk art, Black outsider folk art, Outsider Art, Southern Outsider Art, Primitive Art, Art Brut, Visionary Art, or Primitive Art Works.'

Tupperware! 'Using interviews with Tupperware executives and dealers from the early days and wonderful, little-seen footage of Tupperware Jubilees, this funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.'
Motivational writings from the 1950s.

Tibetan Art in the Norbulingka Institute. 'The Norbulingka Institute, located near Dharamsala, India provides an environment and necessary resources to preserve and develop the Tibetan arts and literary tradition.'

Raphael. Comprehensive online gallery.

Goya: 'The Black Paintings'. 'In 1819, Goya was 72 years old and nearing the end of his productive, yet trouble-filled life. Having become completely deaf at age 46, living through the violence of the Napoleonic Wars and the turbulence of Spanish politics after the defeat of Napoleon, Goya developed an embittered attitude towards the possibilities of human society. He moved into a simple rectangular, two-story house outside Madrid with his 30 year old companion, Leocadia Weiss. The "Quinta del sordo", or "Country-house of the Deaf-Man" was named after a previous owner who had also been deaf. Living outside the city made Goya's cohabitation with Leocadia less obtrusive to the social mores of Restoration-era Madrid.'
'Goya proceeded to decorate the "Quinta del sordo" with some of the most intense, disturbing images ever painted. Executed in oil directly on the plaster walls, these so-called "black paintings" represent the culmination of Goya's artistic efforts. They combine the freedom, or "Capricho", and eerie imagery of his etchings with the scale and decorative purpose of the tapestry cartoons he executed early in his career. After almost two hundred years, they retain their capacity to reduce the viewer to shocked silence.'

Richard Dadd. Mad Victorian fairy artist.
'Richard Dadd is remembered today for the mysterious and magical fairy paintings produced after his tumultuous descent into the realms of madness and insanity ... '

Ligmincha Institute. 'These sacred art works of the Bon Religion, comprised of paintings, sculpture and murals, are located in various monasteries in Eastern Tibet (Kham) and at the Bonpo Monastic Center, Dolanji, HP, India. '

Leslie Bell Illustration.

Kirstie Bowen. Illustrator.

Africans Art. African art portal.

Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints. 'A special site devoted entirely to Japanese woodblock prints. '

Salvador Dali Art Gallery. 'Browse and view over 1500 works of the great master ... '

Honore Daumier Gallery. Art.

Penelope Unravelling Her Web. 'In Homer's Odyssey, Penelope, awaiting the return of her husband Odysseus from the Trojan War, was beset by suitors who claimed that Odysseus had been shipwrecked. She promised to marry one of them after she completed a shroud for her father-in-law. Steadfastly loyal to her absent husband, Penelope unraveled her weaving at the end of each day to avoid remarrying. '

The Fountain of Love. 'In the midst of a verdant forest, a young man and woman eagerly rush forward, their feet just reaching the edge of a fountain's basin. Putti frolic in the fountain's waters and billowing spray, and one of them offers a cup of the magical liquid for the young lovers to drink. The story of the Garden of Love, an allegory of the nature and progress of love that has its origins in the poetry of classical antiquity and the Middle Ages, centers on this Fountain of Love. '

Ed McLachlan. Cartoonist.

Nick Newman. Cartoonist.

Chinese Calligraphy.

Portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.

Making the Most of Our Last Days. Poem.

Nigerian Proverbs.

Planetary Photojournal: Earth.

Plantary Photojournal: Mars.

Planetary Photojournal: Jupiter.

7th February

New look plep - thanks to taz.

Sake-Drenched Postcards. Explore Japan's underside.

Ma-Africa Art Gallery in Soweto. 'Ma-Africa Art Gallery was established in 1997 by Walter Sibeko, a man of many entrepenuerial skills. His love of people has led him to various projects to help and organise life in the townships. He was exposed at a young age to art, in the form of his brother, Peter. His unflinching support of his brother's talent has led to this special man's mission to help and support our local artists.'

The Glory of the Gothic Page. 'Featuring whimsical marginal decorations, vivid narratives, and the lavish use of gold leaf, Gothic illumination is among the most innovative and beautiful art forms of the Middle Ages. Gothic was a term originally coined by Renaissance writers who disliked the nonclassical style of architecture that emerged in France around 1150, which they attributed to the barbarian Goths. Its early negative meaning has long since been lost. The word is now also applied to the style of manuscript illumination that evolved around the same time, characterized by a naturalistic style of painting and a sense of liveliness in the format of the page. Gothic illumination, which flourished in northern Europe from about 1200 to 1350, graced the pages of some of the most stunning works of art to survive from the Middle Ages ... '

Comic Art: The Paris Salon in Caricature. 'Caricatures of the Salons appeared in abundance from the 1840s to about 1900. These Salon reviews in pictorial form poked fun at the yearly exhibition, from its dizzying display of thousands of paintings and sculptures, to the self-importance of viewers, to the prevailing mediocrity of the works. Much of the humor results from the clash between the Salon's growing irrelevance to contemporary life and the edifying role accorded to the fine arts in French culture ... '

Notes from the Road. North American travelogues.
'Notes from the Road is a project in experimental travel writing. '
'Because Notes from the Road is a travel site, not a travel guide site, we do not try to provide our readers with all-encompassing information on what to see and do around the world. For independent travelers, that sort of information is easy to come by on a number of excellent sites and books. Notes from the Road is about subjective travel; the kind of real world of random things and real people.'

NYCLondon. Black and white photoblog, especially street photography and night photography.

Latin American Pilgrimage Journal. 'In 1998 I completed a twelve-month pilgrimage through 14 countries of Latin America. Driving a 1977 VW van 22,000 miles through steamy jungles, high mountains and the driest deserts in the world, I visited and photographed 120 pre-Colombian sacred sites and Catholic pilgrimage shrines. Along the way, I wrote a journal about my travels, my experiences at the sacred sites, and my understandings of the pilgrimage traditions of this wonderful region ... '

Wat That Phanom Chedi, Thailand. 'In north-eastern Thailand, a kilometer from the shores of the great Mekong river, stands the exotic temple complex of That Phanom on the sacred hill of Phu Kamphra. According to the earliest known legends, the original sanctity of this site derived from visits by Kakusandha, Konagamana, and Kassapa, the Buddhas of the three previous ages. Long after these mythical visits the Buddha of our current age made a pilgrimage to the sacred hill to venerate the relics of the earlier Buddhas ... '

The Potala Palace.

Sacred Mountains of China.

Tree Shrines of India.

Sacred Sites of Armenia. 'Armenia was converted to Christianity in 303 AD (some sources say 301) and the Apostolic Orthodox faith still includes some elements of ancient pagan practices such as rituals involving animal sacrifice. Many of the oldest and most important of Armenian churches were stationed directly above the destroyed remains of pagan sun temples. Churches and monasteries were constructed from the plentiful supply of volcanic tufa stone, which is ideal for the intricate carvings that decorate many of the churches. '

Sacred Sites of Georgia. Georgia in the Caucasus, that is.

Sacred Sites of Latvia.

Neolithic Temples of Malta. 'The Mediterranean island of Malta figures in the historical record of Europe due to its association with the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who fled to Malta from the island of Rhodes in 1530. Yet this small island of 243 square kilometers has a far greater importance in European prehistory due to its extraordinary collection of megalithic temples ... '

Aw-aw-tam Indian Nights: The Myths and Legends of the Pimas. 'This is a rare book of Pima folklore, transcribed by a sympathetic amateur ethnographer at the beginning of the twentieth century. The Pima live in the arid deserts of southern Arizona, and originally survived by horticulture, hunting and gathering. Lloyd was not a linguist, and collected the stories through an interpreter. All of the Pima words and phrases are written using a crude 'phonetic' system, which no doubt is fairly inaccurate. However, this does not invalidate the folklore, which is well-told and consistent with other southwestern Native American mythology, particularly in its repetition of the number four. '

Wave Eaters: Native Watercraft in Canada.

Matt Sesow. Outsider art.

Randell Morgan. 'Morgan looks with hands through the mud clay for these faces and he finds them there, looking out as he pulls and molds and twists, all hands, all thinking of other things. '

Simon Orrell. 'Using old world techniques and materials and the strength and artistry of his hands, Orrell creates proud and beautiful artwork frames. '

Ian Pyper. Outsider artist.

Karl Mullen. Outsider artist.

Image Array. Wildlife, floral and scenic photography.

Towaco Imaging Wildlife Gallery. Photography.

Towaco Imaging Flower Gallery.

6th February

Echoes of Incense: A Pilgrimage in Japan. 'The route of the eighty-eight temples of Shikoku is the classic Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage. Its 1300 kilometers test the body and spirit and open the mind to an experience of its true nature. For over a thousand years, only Japanese followed the path to the remote places of the Japanese island of Shikoku. In the winter and spring of 1993, I walked this path. Afterwards, I wrote Echoes of Incense to record what I experienced in words and pictures. The book was translated into Japanese by Tomoko Shimotomai. For the past five years, it has been sold in America by Gateways Books in Santa Cruz, California and in Japan by several of the pilgrimage temples and the bookstore at Koyasan. Since it will soon be out of print, I decided to make it available on the WWW ... '

Kobayakawa Kiyoshi. 'Kobayakawa Kiyoshi is best known for designing woodblock prints of modern Japanese women. Born in Hakata, a town in the Fukuoka Province of Kyushu, Kiyoshi was one of many artists who studied with Kaburagi Kiyokata, the famous painter and print designer. Kiyoshi entered Kiyokata's school at age twenty and probably knew Kiyokata's other students including Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, and Torii Kotondo. Unfortunately, little is known about Kiyoshi's life compared to those other print designers. During the 1920's and 1930's, he exhibited Nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings at several exhibitions including the Kyodokai and the Imperial Academy Exhibition. In 1923, he contributed a print design to the series, "Complete Collection of Chikamatsu". This was probably Kiyoshi's first experience designing woodblock prints ... '

Life on Antarctica. Plants, animals and birds.
Life on Antarctica: Plants. The hardy lichen.

Albert Bierstadt. An artist of the Hudson River School. 'Recognized as the foremost painter of the American frontier during the nineteenth-century, Albert Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany, in 1830. At the age of two, he and his family emigrated to the United States, settling in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Nothing is known of his early art training; however, he might possibly have been influenced by local landscape painters and daguerreotypists. By the time he was twenty, he was supporting himself by teaching "monochromatic" painting and his work was beginning to attract the attention of New Bedford collectors ... '

Frederic Bazille. Impressionist.

Aubrey Beardsley. Online galleries; rude Victoriana.

Hieronymus Bosch. Nice online collection of Northern Renaissance fantasies of damnation, pleasure gardens etc.

Sandro Botticelli. Online gallery.

British Elections Cartoons. 1959-97. From the Guardian.

National Quilt Register. (Australia)
'The National Quilt Register is a major initiative of the Pioneer Women's Hut, a museum located at Tumbarumba at the foothills to the Snowy Mountains in southern NSW, Australia. '
'The museum represents ordinary rural families, especially the women, in their everyday lives. It opened in 1985 and is a free, self funded museum run by community volunteers. '
'The collection is shown in changing themes relating to domestic life and women's other roles as 'another pair of hands' and in earning cash income: Coping with flies, Time for fancywork, Mondays, Never Done, Caring for Clothes and many more. '
'It is our policy to collect domestic objects relating to rural families, especially the women and by gathering the stories put these objects in the context of their lives. We recognise the great diversity of women's lives and from the first days of settlement, the very different ethnic origins that give us our Australian identity as women. We acknowledge the major contribution of Aboriginal women, especially in understanding the environment and remind our visitors they were our first needlewomen ... '
Stories from the Register.

The Golden Temple, Amritsar. 'Two thousand years after Buddha's time, another philosopher-saint came to live and meditate by the peaceful lake. This was Guru Nanak (1469-1539), the founder of the Sikh religion. After the passing away of Guru Nanak, his disciples continued to frequent the site; over the centuries it became the primary sacred shrine of the Sikhs. The lake was enlarged and structurally contained during the leadership of the fourth Sikh Guru (Ram Dass, 1574-1581), and during the leadership of the fifth Guru (Arjan, 1581-1606), the Hari Mandir, or Temple of God was built ... '

Borobodur Stupa.

Cheju-Do, Korea.

The Phra Phuttha Chinnarat Buddha.

Holy Grotto of the Revelation, Patmos, Greece.

Mount Croach Patrick. 'Rising to 2510 feet (765 meters) near the town of Westport in County Mayo, the quartzite peak of Croach Patrick was a pagan sacred place long before the arrival of Christianity. For the Celtic peoples of Ireland it was the dwelling place of the deity Crom Dubh and the principal site of the harvest festival of Lughnasa, traditionally held around August 1 (until the mid-nineteenth century only women were allowed on the summit during this pilgrimage and childless women would sleep on the summit during Lughnasa eve in the hope of encouraging fertility). According to popular Christian stories, St. Patrick visited the sacred mountain during the festival time in AD 441 and spent forty days and forty nights banishing dragons, snakes, and demonic forces from the site ... '

Temple of Hera, Paestum, Italy.

Assisi. 'Approximately 90 miles north of Rome, in the rolling hills of Umbria, stands the exceptionally well-preserved medieval town of Assisi. Known primarily as the birthplace of St. Francis (1182-1226 AD), the town has been a sacred place since long before the Franciscan era ... '

Stones of Stennes, Orkney. In Scotland. Home of sensitive sheep.

Obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut.

Sacred Sites of Ethiopia.

Mud Mosque of Djenne, Mali.

Sacred Sites of the Dogon. 'The Dogon are an ethnic group located mainly in the administrative districts of Bandiagara and Douentza in Mali, West Africa. This area is composed of three distinct topographical regions: the plain, the cliffs, and the plateau. Within these regions the Dogon population of about 300,000 is most heavily concentrated along a 200-kilometer (125 mile) stretch of escarpment called the Cliffs of Bandiagara. These sandstone cliffs run from southwest to northeast, roughly parallel to the Niger River, and attain heights up to 600 meters (2000 feet). The cliffs provide a spectacular physical setting for Dogon villages built on the sides of the escarpment. There are approximately 700 Dogon villages, most with fewer than 500 inhabitants ... '

Carl Heilman. Nature photography of the Adirondacks.

Carsten Krieger. Nature photography of Germany and Ireland.

Kelly Moore. 'Oil...sand...acrylic...canvas...color...boxer shorts, paper'll find all of that and more in these paintings by Kelly Moore. Most of the art size is 20x30 or larger and with titles like Ex-Girlfriends, Fish Are People and Rabbit Hunting, we can tell Kelly thinks and paints. '

Louis Cornbread Mason. Outsider art.

Randy Loubier. Outsider art.

Charlie Morey.

Damian Michaels.

Bob Atkins Nature Photography.