The red splodge representing the reign of Ivan the Terrible in Gustave Doré’s ‘The History of Holy Russia’
Via via I discover Gustave Doré‘s The Rare and Extraordinary History of Holy Russia (1854), an illustrated book with 500 drawings executed by Doré when he was just 21.
Doré was a genius, perhaps only equaled by Grandville (thirty year’s Doré’s senior).
The History of Holy Russia features a number of experimental and metatextual elements which are as surprising as the black page in Tristram Shandy.
The red splodge above represents the reign of Ivan the Terrible.
The caption reads:
- “Suite du règne d’Ivan le Terrible. Devant tant de crimes, clignons l’oeil pour n’en rien y voir que l’aspect général.”
- “Continuation of the reign of Ivan the Terrible. Faced with such crimes, let’s blink our eyes to not see anything than the broad picture.” (tr. J.W. Geerinck)
Plantes marines, coquillages, madrépores (Aquatic plants, seashells and madrepores) is a plate from Un autre monde (Another world) by French illustrator Grandville (1803 – 1847).
The illustration alludes to man copying the patterns of nature, like crystallization and petrifaction.
The title of this post “There is another world, but it is in this one” is attributed both to W. B. Yeats (1865 – 1939) and French poet Paul Éluard (1895 – 1952) (as “Il y a un autre monde mais il est dans celui-ci”).
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Previously on Tumblr: Crystallised Minerals by Alexandre Isidore Leroy de Barde.