Paintings by N.C. Wyeth illustrating The Odyssey of Homer

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The Winged Horse from Legends of Charlemagne by N.C. Wyeth—1924
Oil on canvas

The Winged Horse from Legends of Charlemagne by N.C. Wyeth—1924

Oil on canvas

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Siluro-Devonian Sea Life by Zdeněk Burian
Oil on canvas

Siluro-Devonian Sea Life by Zdeněk Burian

Oil on canvas

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DEEP SEA JELLIES

  1. Multifunctional tube feet are able to attach to surfaces using suction, slowly move the animal over the seabed, pull apart the closed shells of prey to get at the soft tissues inside, and pass morsels of food to the mouth (Asterias rubens).
  2. Bolinopsis infudibuliformis—this species of comb jelly, reaching up to 15 cm (6 in.) in length, has four long and four short comb plates.  It is extremely fragile and individuals almost always tear and break up when handled.
  3. Phacellophora camtschatica
  4. A sea cucumber releasing its Cuvierian tubules to defend itself (Holothuria pervicax).
  5. Unlike most comb jellies that catch their prey by using muscles to suck in water, Thalassocalyce simply allows the prey (usually small crustaceans) to swim inside its bell where they stick to the mucus covered lining.  The bell then snaps shut and the prey is digested.
  6. A jellyfish (Bougainvillia superciliaris) with a hitchhiking amphipod (Hyperia galba).
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The Dawn of a Nova by David Hardy—1977
Oil on canvas

The Dawn of a Nova by David Hardy—1977

Oil on canvas

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Charles Robert Darwin by John Collier—1883
Oil on canvas

Charles Robert Darwin by John Collier—1883

Oil on canvas

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The Priestess of Bacchus by John Collier — c. 1889
Oil on canvas
44.3” x 58”

The Priestess of Bacchus by John Collier — c. 1889

Oil on canvas

44.3” x 58”

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Selected pages from Murmurs of Earth by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan, F.D. Drake, Timothy Ferris, Jon Lomberg, and Linda Salzman Sagan—published by Random House, 1978

"To the makers of music—all worlds, all times"

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Five paintings by René Magritte

  1. The World’s Blood, 1926
  2. Meditation, 1937
  3. The Gradation of Fire, 1939
  4. Clear Ideas, 1958
  5. Architecture au Clair de Lune, 1956
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ETHIOPIAN MAGIC SCROLLS

Ethiopia, mythically Jewish until it was converted to Christianity in the fourth century, was almost isolated from Europe by the screen of Islam after the seventh century.  Thus it has retained many cultural forms that disappeared elsewhere long ago—among them, a tradition of talismanic art.  Talismans are not considered to be the products of human skill; they are part of a “mystery” faithfully reproduced through revelation.  Thus the Ethiopian genius translated into a pictorial language on “Magic Scrolls”, the antique theory of correspondences between men, animals, stars, demons, sicknesses, etc.  The artists saw their work as interlaces filled with eyes in order to protect a man as defined by his astrological sign.  These paintings were considered capable of commanding spirits because of their intrinsic healing qualities, coupled with the realization of the desires of their owners—a theme of continuing interest today.

The plates in these images depict:

  1. A two-headed demon
  2. A guardian angel
  3. A sun and three animals
  4. A nocturnal angel
  5. Abba Samuel on his lion
  6. Saint George
  7. How Solomon killed the Demon-blacksmith’s Kings
  8. How king Alexander entered the land of the Eternal aided by a bird’s mouth
  9. A demon
  10. Daniel
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Paleontological paintings by Zdeněk Burian, from top to bottom:

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Paleontological lithographs by Zdeněk Burian

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Five paintings by David A. Hardy:

  1. A view from an ice cave on Pluto looking back at our sun
  2. Pluto
  3. Volcanos on Io
  4. It’s raining on Titan
  5. Lunar Exploration
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Painting by Angus Mckie from the pictorial 7 Wonders of the Universe

Painting by Angus Mckie from the pictorial 7 Wonders of the Universe

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Cover illustration by Angus McKie for Perry Rhodan 20: The Thrall of Hypno by Clark Darlton, 1976

Cover illustration by Angus McKie for Perry Rhodan 20: The Thrall of Hypno by Clark Darlton, 1976

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