Saturday, December 14, 2019

Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

The French actress Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the most celebrated actress of the nineteenth century, is all but forgotten today. But during her era, Bernhardt had connections (and, indeed, supported and inspired) not one but two of the most famous...
It looks like a team of researchers is close to finding a long lost Leonardo da Vinci painting (after looking for it for almost 40 years)! The painting is Da Vinci’s The Battle of Anghiari, or, appropriately, The Lost...
Previously we talked about book-edge decoration and showed off some beautiful examples, but we only just touched on the subject of fore-edge painting. Fore-edge painting involves "secret" or "hidden" artwork that is only visible when the books' pages are...
A long-lost short story written by Charlotte Brontë has been published for the first time online. The story, entitled L'Ingratitude, was written as a homework assignment and was submitted to a tutor that was known to have inspired Brontë's...
Did you know Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem The Raven was inspired by a real-life bird owned by Charles Dickens? Not only that but the bird, christened "Grip" by the late great author, has been preserved to this...
As some of the more die-hard Paperblanks fans may know, we've recently begun adding edge decoration to some of our books. Edge decoration or fore-edge painting, for those who don't know, is the decoration of the edges of the...
Within the 45 years that the Incunable era spanned, tens of thousands of books were printed. This meant that knowledge was suddenly available at a fraction of the cost of a handwritten book, which spurred literacy and furthermore challenged the power held by the church and ruling elite.
The printed word and exquisite illustrations combine to make the Gutenberg Bible the greatest celebrity in the history of book arts. Forty-nine copies of the two-volume Latin Bible are extant. In the 15th century Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz invented...
Similar to William Morris' Arts and Crafts movement in England, the Art Nouveau movement of the late 1800’s and early 19th century attempted to eradicate the dividing line between art and everyday objects.  The leading artists of the time...
Neat: A Greek multimedia artist is working on a project that would let people interact with -- or "manipulate the flow" of -- a Van Gogh painting (Specifically "The Starry Night," considered by many to be the artist's greatest...