Over 1,700 years ago, ancient Swedes began leaving huge memorial stones for their descendants. These stones all had short messages – the “runes” – engraved on them in wonderful jagged, swirling Viking script....
The Dutch ocean liner Hooft, plagued by rats, burned three times and cursed by a French shipyard that lost 3 ocean liners to fire between 1930-1933.
Between 1930-1933, one French shipbuilder lost 3 ocean liners to fire. One ship, the Hooft didn’t go down without a fight. She burned three times before she finally died. At 10am on 20...
1800s India. A mystery blue-eyed, pale skinned redhead is painted alongside those of 28 Mughal royals. An anonymous court artist evokes how richly the Indian “1%” lived, in these exquisite and rarely seen paintings.
The ginger hair, blue eyes and pale skin make it very obvious. An European woman in Mughal costume and jewellery. She (unlike the women in the other portraits here) is bare-headed with nothing...
An anonymous sculptor is working in a Budapest studio in the early 1970s. The studio is bright and airy and the natural light within it makes it an inspirational place to create. He...
8 mystery photographs from 1908/1910. From within some kind of medical institution or sanitorium somewhere in Eastern Europe. There’s one small clue: The Trendelenburg Position. Maybe.
Th one small clue (the only one really) to the nature of these images is that (in the photograph above) the “patient” is lying in the Trendelenburg Position. “…in which a patient is...
Getting arty with the dear departed. The serious business of 19th century mixed media meddling. Anonymous c. 1880 – 1900.
This art form takes time and planning ahead. Way ahead. Simply take your loved ones to a local photo studio, select your favourite image, have it printed out in sepia. Now cut it...
The mystery of The Unidentified Artist Formerly Known As William Etty. Is he actually Quiller Orchardson? Examine their nudes carefully & decide for yourself.
These life studies were once thought, by the Royal Academy where they are held, to be the work of the great William Etty. But there’s a problem. Etty died in 1949 and one...
The world’s first abstract painter was a Swedish mystic guided by spirits. Hilda af Klint wanted her work kept secret until 20 years after her death.
In 1944, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) died in Djursholm, Sweden, aged almost 82. Hilma stipulated in her will that her work, should be shown to no-one until 20 years after her...
Bartholomeus Breenbergh (before 13 November 1598 – after 3 October 1657) was a Dutch Golden Age painter of Italian and Italianate landscapes, in Rome (1619-1630) and Amsterdam (1630-1657)....
“…the Mer-maid, the great sea snake, of several hundred feet long, and the Kraken whose uncommon size seems to exceed belief”. The Right Rev. Erich Pontoppidan’s unbeleivable natural history of Norway : 1755.
The Danish-Norwegian, Right Rev.d, Erich Pontoppidan (1698 – 1764), was Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Copenhagen as well as an author & a Lutheran Bishop of the Church of Norway in...
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Rythme n°3, 1938
Flowers, circa 1700s
Mountain, wind and cloud
Lady in Abstract. circa 1921
Moonlight Wolf, circa 1909
Landscape, circa 1900-1903
Rythme n°2, 1938
Horned owl, (Dutch), 1915
Roaring Tiger, c. 1900-1945