Rudolf Steiner - First Goetheanum
A temple plan from the Ur III Period (c. 2100-2000 BCE) in Ancient Mesopotamia shows the plan for a temple building with cuneiform inscriptions that give the lengths of the walls drawn. Such architectural sketches are rare, so this find, which is now in the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, is exceptional.
ca. 2100-2000 BCE
Source: The 100 Most Important Cuneiform Objects, “A Temple Plan”.
The ceiling of the Hall of Diamonds in Tehran’s Golestan Palace.
A small but industrious group of photographers have worked the streets of Kabul for decades. Using simple box cameras, they have captured husbands going to war and sons about to come of age or be married. The man’s studio is actually the cubicle in which he sits. After the picture is taken, the negative is developed in the small bowl at his feet.
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Fundacion ITAU, Santiago,Chile
The composers Igor Stravinsky and Nicolas Nabokov in a conversation, 1963
Small talk switching from French, English, Russian and German (subtitled in English) - Delightful…
Incredible Vintage Animated Gifs
Nearly 155 years before the first animated gif appeared in 1887, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of the vision principle to create the illusion of images in motion.
The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.
Though Plateau is credited with inventing the device, there were numerous other mathematicians and physicists who were working on similar ideas around the same time, and they too were building on the works of Greek mathematician Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton who had also identified the principles behind the phenakistoscope.