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Max Švabinský (Czech, 1873-1962), Young man with a sword, 1896. 
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Belphegor from Dictionnaire Infernal
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A Japanese ‘Ama’ (female diver) goes overboard in search of shellfish. 1930s, Japan. 
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“A spider coated in gold to prepare it as a specimen for Scanning electron microscopy.”
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Looking at the precision of even the tiniest details in this painting—the chips in the individual stones of the chapel, the leaves of the plants that grow here and there from the tops of the walls, the little flashes of light from unexpectedly angled surfaces in the stone—it isn’t surprising to learn from the Metropolitan Museum that “Daguerre had been searching since the mid-1820s for a means to capture the fleeting images he saw in his camera obscura, a draftsman’s aid consisting of a wood box with a lens at one end that threw an image onto a frosted sheet of glass at the other.”
Of course, the Met meant that he captured those fleeting images by inventing what the Encyclopedia Britannica dubs “the first practical process of photography, known as the daguerreotype.”
But in this circa 1824 oil painting, The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel, it seems that he already had.
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