Allison Meier

Post image for Recreating the Magic Circle of a Surrealist Seriously into the Occult

Dressed in a crisp tuxedo, Swiss artist Kurt Seligmann stepped into a chalk circle lined with the names of archangels on the wood floor of his Manhattan apartment.

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Post image for The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge

Spite houses are homes built on anger.

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Post image for Artists Issue Passports to Antarctica, the Final Borderless Frontier

To encourage public awareness of the ongoing role of Antarctica in global cooperation, France-based artist duo Lucy and Jorge Orta launched the mobile Antarctic World Passport Delivery Bureau in 2008 where anyone can pledge citizenship to the southernmost continent.

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Post image for The First Flash Photographs of the Natural World At Night

With a magnesium flash triggered by a tripwire, George Shiras shot some of the world’s first nocturnal wildlife photographs.

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Post image for Catching the Uncanniness of Medical School Simulations

Learning diagnostic medicine is not just about recognizing symptoms of illness, but also involves interacting with the emotionally complex creature that is the human being.

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Post image for How Graphic Designers Around the World Interpret Shakespeare

When the Globe Theatre along London’s River Thames opened in 1599, a flag depicting Hercules hoisting a globe announced the opening of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

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Post image for The Many Identities of Raphael’s “Lady with a Unicorn”

The 16th-century “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn” by Raphael was altered twice: first by the artist, who replaced a lap dog with a tiny unicorn; then in the 17th century, when the sitter’s bare shoulders were covered and the broken martyrdom wheel of St. Catherine of Alexandria was painted over the mythical creature.

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Post image for Witch Marks, Curses, and Magic in the Neglected History of Medieval Graffiti

The ornamentation of medieval churches is often associated with the elite: stained glass windows, ornately carved pews, and memorial monuments to lords and knights. However, carved right into the structure of the building, in the dark corners and beneath the whitewash on the walls, are less visible traces of the lower and middle class: graffiti.

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Post image for Secret Skulls Found in a Victorian Painting of a 16th-Century Magician

A ring of human skulls originally circled 16th-century magician John Dee in a painting by the English artist Henry Gillard Glindoni.

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Post image for 19th-Century French Caricatures Reinvented in a Game About Bird Lawyers

Aviary Attorney is a game based on the caricatures of 19th-century French artist J. J. Grandville, who skewered the aristocrats and politicians of his time by illustrating society figures as animals.

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