illumination

And now, a post totally unrelated to coronavirus, because we need to remember the beautiful things that light up our world: 

Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "The Minotaur," first appeared in 1853 with other retellings of ancient myths, refashioned to highlight the nature of evil and the fear inherent in facing and conquering our deepest secrets. In the hands of

It's not often that we hear breaking news about medieval manuscripts or, more especially, women's role in manuscript production. But here we are! In a fascinating (and open-access) article published yesterday in the journal Science Advances, researchers have concluded that the rare blue pigment known as ultramarine,

Master bookbinder Tim Ely's elaborate art books are sophisticated otherworldly mash-ups of landscapes, diagrams, and architecture meant to inspire and provoke. The Snohomish, Washington native has been making books for almost his entire life, finding inspiration on heaven and in earth, fusing science and art with paper and ink. Contemporary art bookbinding specialist