and Twilight: Woodblock Prints of Kawase Hasui.
'In commemoration of the long-awaited publication,
Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, by our
friends at Hotei Publishing, we are pleased to focus
our online exhibitions on the moods and seasons of
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), one of the most important
Japanese woodblock print landscape artists of the 20th
century. With more than 650 woodblock prints in his
oeuvre, his nostalgic vision of Japan, with its
shrines, temples, and bridges have been appreciated by
Japanese and Westerners alike. His fascination with
historical Japan, transience of life, and love of
nature, earned him recognition in 1956 as a Living
National Treasure (the greatest honor an artist can
experience in post-war Japan) ... '
'I am especially known for my use of black and white infrared film which
I have been using regularly since 1985 to create graphic black and white
images. I like it's serendipitous surreal quality that is never fully
predictable. Since 1995 I have been actively involved using computers in
The Jean Genet Page.
'But now I am afraid. The signs pursue me and I pursue them patiently.
They are bent on destroying me. Didn't I see, on my way to court, seven
sailors on the terrace of a cafe, questioning the stars through seven
mugs of light beer as they sat around a table that perhaps turned; then,
a messenger boy on a bicycle who was carrying a message from god to god,
holding between his teeth, by the metal handle, a round, lighted
lantern, the flame of which, as it reddened his face, also heated it? So
pure a marvel that he was unaware of being a marvel. Circles and globes
haunt me: oranges, Japanese billiard balls, Venetian lanterns, jugglers'
hoops, the round ball of the goalkeeper who wears a jersey. I shall have
to establish, to regulate, a whole internal astronomy ... '
'PeaceAfrica is a digital commons project of the AllAfrica Foundation,
funded by the Ford Foundation's Special Initiative for Africa (SIA).
'The web channel, hosted by allAfrica.com, is meant to become an
interactive Internet platform, linking African organisations working in
peace-building, conflict resolution and related fields into an online
network. The peace community includes groups working in civil, legal and
human rights, in institution-building at the regional level, in the
fields of identity and citizenship and among constituencies such as the
arts, labour, women, youth and media. In short, the project is dedicated
to facilitating African leadership and partnerships for peace, in and
among these many fields. '
The Mabinogion, translated from the Welsh by Lady Charlotte Guest,
1849. 'The Mabinogion is a group of Welsh tales from the Red Book of
Hergest, a 14th Century manuscript maintained at Jesus College, Oxford.
It is one of the masterpieces of Welsh literature, and has a major
subsection which contains portions of the Arthurian legend.'
19th Century Girls' Series.
'Long before Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, Sweet Valley High, the
Babysitters' Club, Goosebumps, or Animorphs, series books provided a
source of enjoyable fiction for children. The first children's fiction
series appeared in the United States in the 1830s, and by the 1860s the
genre was well-established and earning both praise and censure. '
'I've been researching series books for over twenty-five years. This
page draws upon some of that research; it is devoted to bio-
bibliographies and commentary about some 19th-century authors of series
books for girls and younger children as well as samples of some of their
fiction. It includes some of the century's most popular authors and a
number of lesser-known figures whose works -- now almost forgotten --
show the evolution of the genre. Eventually, I hope to expand the
coverage to authors writing in the early part of the 20th century and to
add additional etexts and a bibliography of secondary sources.'
'This is a collection of stories from the Isleta
Pueblo people of New Mexico. Charles Lummis
[1859-1928] was a pioneering writer, photographer,
amateur anthropologist and adventurer who, according
to himself, invented the term 'The Southwest'. In
1884, Lummis took a hike from Cincinnati to Los
Angeles, which he later chronicled in his best-selling
book, A Tramp Across the Continent (1892). In 1885, he
became city editor for the Los Angeles Times, and
later covered the Apache wars in Arizona. In 1888,
Lummis suffered a stroke. To convalesce, he moved to
New Mexico, where he embedded himself in Pueblo
culture and collected the stories in this book. This
was originally published as The Man Who Married the
Moon in 1894, and revised and enlarged as the present
text in 1910. Lumis moved back to Los Angeles, where
he made his home, El Alisal, and founded the Southwest
Museum in 1914, at the foot of Mount Washington in
East Los Angeles. He also helped restore the Spanish
missions in California. '
Art of the Mughals
after 1600 AD.
'After the death of Akbar, architect of the Mughal
empire and active patron of the arts, his son Jahangir
(r. 1605–27) ascended to the throne. As a prince,
Jahangir had established his own atelier in Allahabad
and had strong artistic tastes, preferring a single
painter to work on an image rather than the
collaborative method of Akbar's time. He also
encouraged careful plant and animal studies, and
prized realistic portraiture and Europeanized
subjects. The books Jahangir commissioned ranged from
literary works such as the Razmnama (a Persian
translation of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata) to
historical texts, including an illustrated version of
the memoirs of his reign, the Tuzuk-i Jahangiri. But
more common from his era are lavishly finished albums
containing paintings and calligraphy samples mounted
onto pages with decorative borders and then bound with
covers of stamped and gilded or painted and lacquered
leather. If he could not obtain a work he wanted, he
had it copied, and at one time dispatched an artist to
Iran to paint a likeness of Shah Abbas...'
'Bold. Earthy. Dynamic. Modern. These are some of the
words we often associate with punch'ông ware, the
striking ceramic type produced during the first 200
years of the Chosôn dynasty (1392–1910). Curiously,
this arresting ware lacked a designated name at the
time, at least judging from its absence in
contemporaneous documents. The term punjang hoech'ông
sagi was coined in the 1930s by South Korea's first
art historian, Ko Yu-sôp; it translates as "gray-green
ceramics decorated with powder." What we know today as
punch'ông ware is a loose group of ceramics with a
relatively coarse gray body embellished in various
fashion with white slip, and covered in green-tinted
'Embodying the freedom and curiosity of the French
Enlightenment, Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806)
developed an exuberant and fluid manner as a painter,
draftsman, and printmaker. Prolific and inventive, he
abandoned early on the conventional career path
dictated by the hierarchical structure of the Royal
Academy, working largely for private patrons. His work
constitutes a further elaboration of the Rococo idiom
established by Antoine Watteau and François Boucher, a
manner perfectly suited to his subjects, which favored
the playful, the erotic, and the joys of domesticity.'
'Annibale Carracci (1560–1609) was the most admired
painter of his time and the vital force in the
creation of Baroque style. Together with his cousin
Ludovico (1555–1619) and his older brother Agostino
(1557–1602)—each an outstanding artist—Annibale set
out to transform Italian painting. The Carracci
rejected the artificiality of Mannerist painting,
championing a return to nature coupled with the study
of the great northern Italian painters of the
Renaissance, especially Correggio, Titian, and
of the Secret Service.
'We realize the Secret Service can be confusing. Many
people have no idea what it is they do. Others think
they're not supposed to know because it's a secret. We
hope to be able to dispel all of the myths and help to
get the "secret" out of the Secret Service. After all,
they've been doing a bang-up job wiping out the
"service" ... '
'This website tells a shocking story about the
nation's chemical industry. '
'It describes how large chemical corporations knew for
decades that their products posed serious, even
life-threatening health risks to their workers and
'It describes how these companies concealed this
information from the public -- and continued to sell
products that they knew were dangerous. This website
also exposes the industry-funded public relations and
lobbying campaigns that were designed to obscure the
truth about the health risks of toxic chemicals. '
'The Chemical Industry Archives consists of thousands
of internal documents from the chemical industry and
from its national trade associations. Most of these
documents were obtained in connection with legal
proceedings against the chemical industry ... '
Barren Lands Digital Collection.
'This site documents two exploratory surveys of the Barren Lands region
west of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and the area
now known as Nunavut. Drawing on materials from the J.B. Tyrrell, James
Tyrrell and related collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library,
University of Toronto, it includes over 5,000 images from original field
notebooks, correspondence, photographs, maps and published reports.'
The Discovery and Early Development of Insulin.
'This site documents the initial period of the discovery and development
of insulin, 1920-1925, by presenting over seven thousand page images
reproducing original documents ranging from laboratory notebooks and
charts, correspondence, writings, and published papers to photographs,
awards, clippings, scrapbooks, printed ephemera and artifacts. Drawing
mainly on the Banting, Best and related collections housed at the Thomas
Fisher Rare Book Library and the Archives and Records Management
Services at the University of Toronto, it also includes significant
holdings from the Aventis Pasteur (formerly Connaught) Archives, and the
personal collection of Dr. Henry Best. '
Viewing Suriname. Many images, particularly of
'This site represents a growing collection of media resources related to
the natural and cultural landscapes of Suriname. '
Ceramics of the Persian Empire.
'The Rietz Food Technology Collection at the California Academy of
Sciences, comprising approximately 1400 food related items from around
the world, documents a wide range of food-related activities, including
production, gathering, storing, processing, preserving and serving. The
collection was assembled by Carl Austin Rietz, a leader in the food
industry during much of his life and the inventor of many appliances and
devices used in industry and in the home, most notably the food
processor. Rietz had a lifelong interest in the food habits of other
cultures and he traveled extensively. More often than not, he returned
from his travels with additional food items for his collection.'
Spirit of Tibet.
'Photographs of the Tibetan people both inside Tibet and in exile in
India and Nepal.'
Yuri Remyga. Russian painter.
'Yuri Remiga was born in 1964 in the city of Dubna, Moscow Region,
Russia. Immersed himself into the painting in 1985... and forever. '
Art Cars. "ArtCars surprise and
draw out in people that explosive moment of inner joy and laughter
rarely seen in today's streets as governing bodies appear to give priority
to systems rather than people." - Henry Sunderland. Many photos.
Whistler's Sketch of Anacapa Island. 'James Abbott McNeill Whistler,
one of the most influential figures in the 19th-century art world,
learned etching while employed in the cartographic section of the U.S.
Coast Survey. According to that agency's volume of Personnel Records,
1816-1881, Whistler was hired by the federal government as a draftsman
on November 7, 1854, for $1.50 a day. However, his unconventional work
habits and his inability to conform to government routine led to his
dismissal on January 9, 1855...'
Portsdown Tunnels. Urban
archaeology; all about the tunnels which lie beneath Portsmouth.
'Welcome to my Portsdown Tunnels website. I have lived in Portsmouth UK
all my life, and have been interested in Portsdown and what lies
underneath it since I was 8 years old. I was amazed to find that this
subject had virtually no other presence on the Internet - or the Library
- especially when you look at what has been documented for other UK
cities. (See my links page). I am not an Archaeologist, but it seemed
odd to me that more was known about a Long Barrow from 2000BC than a World
War II deep tunnel shelter, hence PORTSDOWN TUNNELS was born ... '
in Nigeria: Living on the Edge.
'Nigerian photographer Jide Adeniyi-Jones traveled to
southeast Nigeria early in 2003 to find out how
communities were coping with the onslaught of
HIV/Aids. He contributed these images and thoughts.'
com. 'Three things you can count on in life: death,
taxes, and screwing up. Don't feel badly, though.
Everyone does it, including your favorites from the
worlds of business, television, music, and film. And
most likely, no one is looking up your photograph on
the web to see how badly you messed up this time! You
won't believe whom you'll find with one of those
attractive letter boards with the name of the local
lockup underneath his or her illustrious chin.
Updated daily with at least 5 new Mugshots! '
Astronomy with a
Low-tech astronomy for everyone.
'Changes in the length of daylight hours profoundly
affect the daily and annual rhythms of our lives. Yet
studies have shown that even college graduates fail to
understand the relationships between the Sun and the
Earth that cause these changes (Sadler and Schneps
1988). Students who learn by rote in a classroom do
not fully understand or retain these important
concepts. Astronomy skills properly introduced in
elementary school will produce adults who understand
the Earth's place in the universe. '
'Italian painter, Florentine Mannerist (b. 1503,
Firenze, d. 1572, Firenze).' Portraits
of the Medici.
'Bronzino was the best portrayer of the frozen, rigid
etiquette of the Grand Duke's court in Florence. His
career is interwoven with the history of Mannerism. on
which he left his own mark. He happily established
himself as the official painter of the Grand Duchy and
as the enigmatic stylist of a small circle of cultured
aristocrats. Bronzino was first Pontormo's pupil and
then for many years his close assistant. With his
master he took part in many important jobs in Florence
in the 1520s (frescos in the Galluzzo Charter House
and decorating the Capponi Chapel in S. Felicità). In
1530 he was summoned to the della Rovere court in the
Marches and it was there that he began to paint
portraits. It was not long before his outstanding
talent in this direction became clear and he started
to develop his own style, quite distinct from that of
Pontormo. In fact, in addition to his master's almost
maniacal insistence on accurate drawing, Bronzino
added his own very personal use of colour which he
applied in a clear and compact fashion that almost
gave the effect of varnish. '
from the Toledo Museum.
'Japanese artists cleverly invented the miniature
sculptures known as netsuke to serve a very practical
function. Traditional Japanese garments - robes called
kosode and kimono - had no pockets. Men who wore them
needed a place to keep personal belongings such as
pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines.'
'The elegant solution was to place such objects in
containers (called sagemono) hung by cords from the
robes' sash. The containers might take the form of a
pouch or a small woven basket, but the most popular
were beautifully crafted boxes (inro), which were held
shut by ojime, sliding beads on cords. Whatever the
form of the container, the fastener that secured its
cord at the top of the sash was a carved, button-like
toggle called a netsuke. Such objects, often of great
artistic merit, have a long history reflecting
important aspects of Japanese life.'