Brain spikes. A band of little devils forcefully open up a sick man’s head. ‘Head ache,’ a captioned etching by George Cruikshank, published in colour by G. Humphrey, 27 St. James’s St., London, on Friday, February 12.
Most artists paint on canvas or linen but Ian Davie eschews convention and uses swan feathers to capture his work.
According to Ian, “Having worked alongside wildlife all my life it is hardly surprising these are the subjects I chose to paint, making the most of my experience. In addition I sort a natural sustainable canvas to display my work in a creative and unique manner. What better canvas than a beautiful swan’s feather. Inspiration for my painting usually comes from sightings of wildlife, views of habitat or the effects of changing light, seasons and weather, often combined to create the ideal composition.”
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Named after the Polish-American antiquarian bookseller Wilfrid M. Voynich, who acquired it in 1912, the Voynich Manuscript is a detailed 240-page book written in a language or script that is completely unknown. Its pages are also filled with colorful drawings of strange diagrams, odd events and plants that do not seem to match any known species, adding to the intrigue of the document and the difficulty of deciphering it. The original author of the manuscript remains unknown, but carbon dating has revealed that its pages were made sometime between 1404 and 1438. It has been called “the world’s most mysterious manuscript.”
Theories abound about the origin and nature of the manuscript. Some believe it was meant to be a pharmacopoeia, to address topics in medieval or early modern medicine. Many of the pictures of herbs and plants hint that it many have been some kind of textbook for an alchemist. The fact that many diagrams appear to be of astronomical origin, combined with the unidentifiable biological drawings, has even led some fanciful theorists to propose that the book may have an alien origin.
One thing most theorists agree on is that the book is unlikely to be a hoax, given the amount of time, money and detail that would have been required to make it.