Friday Favorite: More of What Jane Saw

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Two years ago, Sir Joshua Reynolds’ portrait exhibition was one of our Friday Favorites. This year, the good folks at What Jane Saw (brought to you by the University of Texas) are back at it, expanding the virtual art tour to include an exhibit of paintings devoted to Shakespeare’s works.

“You are invited to time travel to two art exhibitions witnessed by Jane Austen: the Sir Joshua Reynolds retrospective in 1813 or the Shakespeare Gallery as it looked in 1796. These two Georgian blockbusters took place, years apart, in the same London exhibition space at 52 Pall Mall (it no longer exists). When Austen visited in 1813, the building housed the British Institution, an organization promoting native artists. On her earlier London visit in 1796, it was the first-ever museum dedicated to William Shakespeare.”

As with the Reynolds exhibit, a menu bar runs across the top of the window allowing you to brows paintings by catalog number or placement withing the building. Clicking on a painting opens up a dialog box with a ton of information about the piece.

Shakespeare Gallery

Friday Favorite: All The World’s A Page

This week’s favorite involves books in a format complete different from what we’re used to seeing. It’s a project called All The World’s A Page by Blotto Design in Germany. They’ve taken entire books, one at a time, and printed them onto 70 x 100 cm posters. You can read more about the process in this article from Wired, or check out the other books Blotto has transformed here (hint: one of them is Pride and Prejudice).

The King James Bible “posterized” by Blotto

 

 

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check In

It’s the end of our first month, fellow readers–did you start the challenge strong?

I’m struggling already. The big bad migraine monster is chasing me again, so I’m losing some valuable reading time there (more than I’d care to admit, actually).  The day job has been unusually busy these past few weeks, too, so I haven’t been reading at my desk as I thought I might.

I am going to get back to audio books at work, though, which went well before. I can play the book right from my computer while I go about my daily tasks, and pause it when I need to talk to someone. I only need to make sure I actually get my work done, and don’t sink too far into the book :-)

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Friday Favorite: The Streets of Fictional London

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Our Favorite this week is a clever concoction–a cross between a map and a library. Produced by an art establishment called Dorothy, the map assigns book titles to streets and places in turn of the century London.

From Dorothy’s website:

“A street map made up from the titles of over 600 books from the history of English Literature (and a few favourites from further afield). The Map includes classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair and Wuthering Heights as well as 20th and 21st Century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood and The Road.”
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And yes, they ship internationally ;-)
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