1869

Japanese map of Africa, 1869.

Source: appears to be from a work by Fukuzawa Yukichi called “Sekai Kuni-zukushi” (世界国尽), which was a world geography textbook written in verse and aimed at children (perhaps why so many of the labels are in hiragana). A scan of the whole thing can be found here for anyone interesting exploring further.

The giant yellow area in the middle is labeled ゑちとぴや echitopiya (presumably “Ethiopia”).

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I bet you didn’t picture this when you read Plato’s Symposium, dear reader.

Apparently Anselm Feuerbach did, though, in 1869.

In Feuerbach’s interpretation, the late and drunken Alcibiades arrives to Agathon’s celebration with an entourage in tow, gesturing broadly as Agathon stands to greet him.

Interestingly, Feuerbach’s elaborate attempts at decoration look nothing like the few examples of Greek wall painting that remain. Instead, he seems to have drawn from Roman traditions for a few center panel paintings.

Bashi-Bazouk by Jean-Leon Gerome

1868-1869

This arresting picture was made after Gérôme returned to Paris from a twelve-week journey to the Near East in early 1868. He was at the height of his career when he dressed a model in his studio with textiles he had acquired during the expedition. The artist’s Turkish title for this picture—which translates as “headless"—evokes the unpaid irregular soldiers who fought ferociously for plunder under Ottoman leadership, although it is difficult to imagine this man charging into battle wearing such an exquisite silk tunic. Gérôme’s virtuosic treatment of textures provides a sumptuous counterpoint to the figure’s dignified bearing. (MET)

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