Johannes Nussbiegel, Picture book about Mammals, The Hedgehog, 18th century. Copper engraving, hand-colored. Via DIPF


Leopoldo Metlicovitz (1868 – 1944)

Georgio Marcelli -Taming the Flamingoes, oil on canvas, 53,7 x 64,8 cm.1874

We’re getting in on the whole animated gif thing and our first one is this delightful illustration from the Paris Music Hall collection in our Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscripts Library.
The original image used for this animation is a design by George Barbier, who has four other images also in the gallery.
We’d like to say a special thanks to University of Iowa Special Collections uispeccoll for inspiration and to smithsonianlibraries and their tutorial for convincing us we could do it, even with very little experience. 

Utagawa Kunisada.  Arashi Kichisaburo III as the Bandit Akatsuki Hoshigoro, the Son of Nitta Yoshisada. 1863.
Originally performed as Yotuya Kaidan Chushingura, this is one of the best designs from Toyokuni Kigo Kijutsu Kurabe (A Contest of Magic Scenes by Toyokuni.” A night scene showing the bandit seated on the back of a giant bat, with a large spider’s web above and lantern in his right hand. 

The characters of the mysteries, spreading the curtain.The sketch of the curtain for “Ancient theater in St. Petersburg.Paper on cardboard, gouache, watercolor, bronze, ink, graphite, brush.1907. Alexander Benois

Exchange of Odalisques, 1910.
Alexander Benois

Alexander Benois, Kopsel Bay, Crimea, The Artist’s Wife Under a Parasol, 1915.

Alexander Benois