El terremoto de México de 1957, conocido también como el Terremoto del Ángel, fue un sismo ocurrido a las 02:44 hora local (UTC-6), del domingo 28 de julio de 1957. Su epicentro se ubicó cerca del puerto de Acapulco, en la costa del estado de Guerrero y registró una magnitud de 7.7 (MW), aunque el Servicio Geológico de los Estados Unidos lo registró con 7,9°. La zona centro de la República Mexicana fue la más afectada, en especial la Ciudad de México, dejando un saldo de 700 muertos y 2500 heridos.
New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeus: And the Temple of Flora, or Garden of Nature (1807)
"Robert John Thornton was an English physician and botanical writer. After hearing Thomas Martyn’s lectures on botany and Linnaeus, he decided to practice medicine rather than his previously-chosen profession in the church.
New Illustration of the Sexual System of Carolus von Linnaeusis a three-part work, the third part (Temple of Flora) of which was intended to have seventy folio-sized plates. Work on the plates began in May 1798, and the first plates were engraved by Thomas Medland after paintings by Philip Reinagle. The plates were engraved in aquatint, stipple and line.
The work, unfortunately, proved to be Thornton’s demise. The expense of the project drained his financial assets, and Thornton was unable to generate significant public interest in the work.
Only 33 color plates were completed between 1798 and 1807, and Thornton died in destitution.”
This is cool. The top image shows a drawing on parchment from the 1260s. It is one of the earliest existing architectural drawings and depicts the façade, or front, of Strasbourg Cathedral in France. The “blueprint” almost stands a meter tall. What’s so special about this medieval artifact is that it still exists: single sheets rarely survive from the Middle Ages (with the exception of charters). Equally special is that we can compare the drawing to the real thing (lower pic): it is not hard to recognize the big round window in both drawing and real building - note also the door underneath it and the pointy window to the right. How great that we are given a peek on the medieval architect’s drawing board. Ironically, he did not live to see his creation built, because the cathedral was finished in the 14th century.
Pic: Musée de l’Oeuvre Notre-Dame, Strasbourg, Inv. no. 2. More about the drawing here. The photograph is from this blog.
plantes & fleurs by emile bayard, 1906. emile bayard’s most famous work is his illustrations for les miserables, amount them the image of the young cosette. these photographs of plants and flowers were published posthumously. an interesting example of the ornate art nouveau botanical photography to the bauhaus geometric blossfeldt’s works on the similar subject matter.