ObeliskThemes in Art

Histories

The plates of the present work are impressed by the agency of Light alone, without any aid from the artist's pencil.

Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art

William Henry Fox Talbot, 1846

Light acts chemically upon bodies. It is absorbed, it combines with them, and communicates new properties. Such, in a few words, is the principle of the discovery.

Description of Heliography (with notes by Louis Daguerre)

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, 1829

The examples that I have the honor of presenting are the first results of my extensive research on the manner of fixing the image of objects by the action of light.

Heliography: Designs and Engravings

Nicéphore Niépce, 1827

The history of Rome from by Titus Livius Patavinus

Livy's History of Rome

Titus Livius Patavinus, 32 BCE

A record of the rebuilding of the first Gothic cathedral, St. Denis

The Book of Suger, Abbot of St. Denis

Abbot Suger, 1140

I am Nin-jirsu. No country can bear my fierce stare, nobody escapes my outstretched arms.

The Building of Ningirsu's Temple - Cylinder A

2125 BCE

The day was for supplication, the night was for prayer. The moonlight ... early morning, its master.

The Building of Ningirsu's Temple - Cylinder B

2125 BCE

The gods have given him health, victory and power, and all other good things, and he and his children shall retain the kingship for all time.

The Rosetta Stone, Translation of the Greek Section

196 BCE
More Themes in Art

Artists of the African Diaspora

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Death in Art

Life's only guarantee

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