Monstrosities of Evolution
These bizarre illustrations are from Ulisse Aldrovandi’s 1642 book, History of Monsters (Monstrorum Historia). Although the illustrations are extremely bizarre, they depict Aldrovandi’s vivid imagination and vast education in natural history, science and the diversity of life, including monsters.
Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) is considered the founder of modern Natural History. The Ulisse Aldrovandi Museum is housed in the Museo di Palazzo Poggi di Scienza e Arte and is located in his hometown of Bologna, Italy. His Storia Naturale, a 13 volume printed work, was conceived as the most complete description of the three kingdoms of nature - mineral, vegetable and animal - available at that time.
Aldrovandi was an extremely educated man. Born to a noble family, he obtained degrees in medicine and philosophy, with further interests in botany, zoology and geology. He became the first professor of natural sciences at the University of Bologna. Of the hundred of books and essays he wrote, only a handful were published during his lifetime.
Nearing the time of his death, he proudly stated that his home held a collection of 18,000 “different natural things,” and 7,000 dried plants displayed in fifteen volumes. The seventeen volumes with drawings of animals, plants, minerals and monstrosities are an integral part of the museum.
"A great fire burns within me, but no one stops to warm themselves at it, and passers-by only see a wisp of smoke."
Vincent van Gogh (via winterkristall)
Kazimir Malevich’s Suprematist arkhitekton coffin, designed by his pupil, Nikolai Suetin. Leningrad, 1935.(viaTumbleOn)
Connie Imboden is an American born photographer who explore the figure and investigate the nude under the water. At first, she only dared to investigate the ever-changing surface, showing us our reflections in the dark pond. Then she slipped just beneath the surface to show us a magical place.
Because we are not used to looking from the underwater or shattered glass perspectives, it is hard to decipher the images. The beauty and the strange overlap. It all depends on what the viewer sees.
Shot in a swimming pool with strategically placed mirrors(with the backing scraped off in places for even more fragmented results!), these images explore the human body to the fullest extent possible in the context of space, light, reflection and shadow. Though the methods are elegant, even spare, the results occasionally come out as grotesque, warped by a disorienting mix of strange angles and interrupted shapes.
Serge Lutens 1995
Meet Captain Nieves Fernandez, the only known Filipino female guerrilla leader and school teacher. When the Japanese came to take the children under her care she shot them. She didn’t hide in a closet, she didn’t put up a gun free zone sign, she shot them in the face with her latong (a home made shotgun).
She then went on to kill over 200 Japanese soldiers during the war with a group of commandos and holds the distinction as the only female commander of a resistance group in the Philippines.
In this photo she is showing U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew Lupiba how she used her bolo to silently kill Japanese sentries during the occupation of Leyte Island.