Trivium Art History

Whoever wants to know something about me - as an artist which alone is significant - they should look attentively at my pictures...

On Fear and Self Portraits

Gustav Klimt, 1900

In the midst of Umma Entemena overthrew Urlumma and killed him. He left behind 60 soldiers of his force dead on the bank of the canal.

The war for the Tigris and Euphrates canal

2500 BCE

Bad love poems and teenage pontification

The Germ, Vol.1

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, 1850

The Epic of Gilgamesh

2100 BCE

Charming and pointed vignettes from the life of a great Canadian painter

Growing Pains — The Autobiography of Emily Carr

Emily Carr, 1946

The Iliad

800 BCE

Present-day beauty: the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent

The Painter of Modern Life

1863

More terrible poems by the Pre-Raphaelite boyband/brotherhood.

The Germ, Vol.2

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner,

Memoirs of Madame Vigee-Lebrun

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1835

An Icelandic poet recounts the violence and drama of the Norse sagas

The Prose Edda

1200

Prophetic visions or the hallucinations of ergot poisoning?

Scivias

Hildegard von Bingen, 1152

The infinite complexities of beauty in six principles

The Analysis of Beauty

William Hogarth, 1753

The honorable Kings of Persia are an example to us all

The Epic of Kings

1010

Exploring the poetry of ideas

The Gulistan of Sa'di

1258

The Divine Comedy

1320

The Odyssey

800 BCE

It takes 1.8 million words to describe the meaning of life

The Mahābhārata

400 BCE

The adventures of Aeneis the Trojan, and what happens when the gods hate you

Aeneid

19 CE

The transformations of man and gods from before formation of the world

Metamorphoses

1 CE

How to build roads, buildings and aqueducts with Roman precision

Ten Books on Architecture

15 BCE

Physics, the mind, soul, the movements of the universe, and sex, obviously

On the Nature of Things

50 BCE

Want to become a Brahman? Memorize 1000 laws.

The Laws of Manu

200 BCE

Rama's journey to rescue his wife from the demon king (she's in another castle)

The Ramayana

100 BCE

The rarest of the 19th century grimoires

The Magus, Book 1

1801

Spells for finding hidden treasure, binding love and summoning angels

The Key of Solomon, Book 1

1400

Great minds don't always think alike

The New Art — The New Life

Piet Mondrian, 1993

The first encyclopedia of artists

The Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari, 1550

A masterclass on poetry and theater — too bad it’s half missing

Aristotle’s Poetics

335 BCE

Typography that stands the test of time

Of the Just Shaping of Letters

Albrecht Dürer, 1525

Sad poems from a strange artist

Crystal Flowers: Poems and a Libretto

Florine Stettheimer, 1949

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