Ethiopian wolf by Eduard Rüppell (1835)

A painting of Vladimir Nabokov as a boy in Russia, before his travails of immigrating to America, by the inimitable Maira Kalman. The painting appears in her fantastic 2007 visual-essay collection, The Principles of Uncertainty and is shown in her funny and brilliant TEDxMet talk.
Also see Kalman on happiness and curiosity, courage, and the key to a full life.

Julianna Brion

"When I looked at you, my life made sense. Even the bad things made sense. They were necessary to make you possible."

— Jonathan Safran Foer


craig schlewitz

Detail of Rochefort’s Escape, by Édouard Manet.

Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic, 1875
Things to think about when studying:
What elements / personality traits of Dr. Gross is Eakins emphasizing through his use of light?
How does this image reflect advances in medicine since the Civil War?

Eadweard Muybridge, The Horse in Motion, 1878

24th Street Intersection - Wayne Thiebaud, 1977

"No somos robots ni piedras parlantes, señor agente, dijo la mujer, en toda verdad humana hay siempre algo de angustioso, de afligido, nosotros somos, y no me estoy refiriendo simplemente a la fragilidad de la vida, una pequeña y trémula llama que en todo momento amenaza con apagarse."

— José Saramago


Slava Seidel (b. 1974, Krivoy Rog, Ukraine) - Raumspiel, 2013     Drawings: Sepia Ink