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Cornelis Bega - The Alchemist (1663)
Oblivious to his cluttered surroundings, the unkempt figure of an alchemist sits among a chaotic jumble of paraphernalia. He holds a scale while weighing out a substance for one of his experiments in making gold. By the seventeenth century, alchemy was no longer considered to be a respectable science, and its practitioners were often the subject of ridicule.

In this genre scene, Cornelis Bega commented on time wasted on materialistic and futile pursuits. Like other Dutch artists of his time, Bega was a close observer of natural appearances. Textures and surfaces of the assorted cracked clay and glass vessels are accurately described. Light pouring in through the open window and the harmonious tones of brown, gray, and blue give the painting a cozy warmth.
Alchemy  Magic  17th  Century  Bears  White  Painting 
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Amy Lippert: Consuming Identities - Visual Culture in 19th-Century San Francisco
This book specifically examines two phenomena as they emerged and developed in San Francisco: images of humans and the growth of a commodified image industry around those images of humans. The study spans the second half of the nineteenth century, beginning with the January 1848 discovery of gold on the American River and the almost simultaneous U.S. acquisition of California (ceded along with almost one half of all Mexican territory in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, less than two weeks later). Consuming Identities concludes with the dawn of the twentieth century and the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906—an endpoint that coincides with a demographic and cultural shift southward to Los Angeles in the ensuing decades, when motion pictures would begin to gain preeminence. Throughout, the work demonstrates the role of San Francisco as a city at the forefront of far-reaching changes that were gradually taking hold in urban places throughout the industrialized world. These transformations were becoming evident in daily life, perception, and experience, and they encompassed broad phenomena such as urbanization, immigration, mobility, and—not coincidentally—a society saturated with forms of spectacle and spectatorship.
SF  CA  San  Francisco  19th  Century  Photography  Drawing  Arts  Amy  Lippert  Oxford  History 
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Jon Townsend's Site for Historical Re-Enactment
Jas. Townsend & Son Inc. is a manufacturer and retailer of quality reproduction 18th and early 19th Century clothing and personal accessories. We service the living history community, historic sites, museums, and theatrical, motion picture, and television production companies.

Skillfully made, reasonably priced, satisfaction guaranteed.
Public  History  Recipes  Food  18th  Century  19th 
5 weeks ago by dbourn
MCM Furniture: Guide To Vintage Mid-Century Modern Furniture Design
Celebrating the design and style from mid-1950's vintage mid century modern furniture designers.
Trends come and go in a cycle in the world of modern design. Interior designers look to the past for vintage items and ideas to compliment modern approaches. MCM furniture is the perfect example. The term makes it sound like this is a fairly recent era in interior design. But, a lot has happened since the 1950s. What was modern and unconventional then has a retro charm and historical value now. The great thing about this period is that the shapes and ideas marry so well with modern styles. An authentic mid century chair or coffee table can work in a modern home.
Mid  Century  Modern  Furniture  MCM 
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MA State Library's Digital Version of William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation"
This codex manuscript by Plymouth colonist William Bradford documents the life and travels of the Pilgrims from 1608-1647. It was during this time in which they departed England for the Netherlands, organized themselves as a company to settle in America, and weathered several decades of life in North America.
William  Bradford  Pilgrims  MA  Massachusetts  History  Books  Libraries  Public  Hebrew  17th  Century  Colonization 
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