Wonders: Images of the Ancient Worldis an enormous collection of images from the New York Public Library’s Digital Gallery. It includes illustrations and photographs of ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as imagined by artists and travelers from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You’ll find a variety of subjects depicted here: armor, mythology, religion, and the Seven Wonders of the World, just to name a few.
The name Fragonard usually reminds us of Jean-Honore Fragonard (1732-1809), the painter. This Fragonard is Honore Fragonard (1732-1799), Jean-Honore’s cousin and an anatomist. Trained as a surgeon, Fragonard was deeply interested in human anatomy and how it compared to other animals, asking questions and demanding scientific explanations during the Age of Enlightenment.
Fragonard also wanted to provide visual learning tools for others in the medical field. He accomplished this by masterfully dissecting and preserving cadavers. Today, twenty-one of his original écorchés (French for “flayed,” so literally referring to the opening up or peeling back of the body) are on display at the Fragonard Museum in Paris. He is considered a pioneer of the study of modern day anatomy and his work can be appreciated both for its scientific ingenuity and artistic skill.
The University Libraries has recently acquired the exhibition catalog for
the 29th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society.
Curated by Layla Juma Rashid, the exhibition includes the works of 12 artists from the University of the Arts MFA Program in Studio Art: Eric Abaka, AJ Bredensteiner, Kris Strawser, Harry Hukkinen, Guy Loraine, David Chatfield, Lauren McCarty, Marge Renno, Michele Kishita, Carrice McKinstry, Tae Gyun Yoon, and Andrew Walker.
As well as artists’ works and statements (in both English and Arabic), Joe Girandola, director of the MFA program, has an essay entitled Still Melting…
Congratulations to the students and Professor Girandola on a wonderful exhibition!
The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a beautiful and tragic novel set in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s. It tells the story of Tereza, a photographer in love with Tomas, a handsome surgeon, his mistress Sabina, and her faithful lover Franz. It explores Nietzche’s theory of the eternal return and Parmenides’ theories of life as light. The opposition of lightness and weight, meaning and meaninglessness, sets the stage for the novel. Are we destined to repeat our every action indefinitely or do we live in a world where everything occurs but once, making each decision, each action, weightless?
You can find more books by Milan Kundera in the Greenfield Open Stacks: The Joke 891.863 K962j 1993