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The Armorial of Bianca Maria Sforza, Copied for August of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Younger (Manchester, John Rylands Library, German MS. 2)
Ben Pope

German MS. 2 is a previously unstudied armorial dating from the mid-sixteenth century. This article shows that it was produced in the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Younger for Elector August of Saxony, and that it was copied from an earlier armorial of c.1500 which was kept in Cranach’s workshop, probably as reference material. Much of the original content and structure of this ‘old armorial’ has been preserved in Rylands German 2. On this basis, the original armorial can be located in a late fifteenth-century Upper German tradition of armorial manuscripts known as the ‘Bodensee’ group. It was also closely linked to the Habsburg dynasty, and appears to have been dedicated to Empress Bianca Maria Sforza. The armorial therefore opens significant new perspectives on the relationships between artists and heraldry and between women and heraldic knowledge, and on ways of visualising the Holy Roman Empire through heraldry.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
An Annotated Bibliography
David Hayton

Sir Lewis Namier (1888–1960) was not only a major twentieth-century historian, a pioneer of ‘scientific history’ who gave his name to a particular form of history-writing, but an important public intellectual. He played a significant role in public affairs, as an influential adviser to the British Foreign Office during the First World War and later as an active Zionist. This article offers a new perspective on his life and work by providing, for the first time, as comprehensive a bibliography as is currently possible of his voluminous writings: books, scholarly articles and contributions to periodicals and newspapers, including many hitherto unknown, and some published anonymously. The annotation includes not only bibliographical information but explanations and brief summaries of the content. The introduction gives an account of Namier’s life and an assessment of his significance as a historian and thinker.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Queens & Kings and Other Things
Roger Sabin

In 1874, a spectacular comedy book was published, Queens & Kings and Other Things , notable for the quality of its production and the freewheeling recklessness of its content (Duval 1874b ). As a collection of highly illustrated ‘nonsense poems’ in the Edward Lear mould, it was ostensibly for children, but was designed for adults too. Written and drawn by the mysterious S. A. [Royal Highness] the Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg, it concerned the peculiar goings-on in invented royal households, where queens dismantle their heads to stop

in Marie Duval
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‘Northern Irish art’ in the wider world
Declan Long

-​standing historical and philosophical markers such as ‘modern’ and ‘postmodern’ and towards the intensive antinomies of ‘the current world picture’.14 Recognising the vital specificity of ‘the contemporary’ allows us to see a spectrum of concerns ranging from, as Smith notes, ‘the interactions between humans and the geosphere, through the multeity of cultures and the ideoscape of global politics to the interiority of individual being’.15 Such contingencies of the contemporary world provide the essential context for art, while also determining its questioning content and precarious

in Ghost-haunted land
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Jared Pappas-Kelley

there is this capacity to find something more of art. We attempt to accumulate it in a site rendered as art, a resistance concerning content and form in what is lost. Straddling separations that Erased de Kooning Drawing and The Unknown Masterpiece of Balzac attempt—in which no painter nor poet nor sculptor may separate the effect from the cause, which are inevitably contained the one in the other, the mystery of form that would shatter external form. In this, destruction is revealed as a site grinding, as Agamben notes in The Man without Content, where all meaning

in Solvent form
Victoria H. F. Scott

. Clark, Foster advanced an argument for a radical new aesthetic of negation that was: ‘sensitive to cultural forms engaged in a politic or rooted in a vernacular – that is, to forms that deny the idea of the aesthetic as a privileged aesthetic realm’.33 In a sense Foster’s position was Mao-less Maoism, or, we could say, Mao-lite. Foster’s radical anti-aesthetic aesthetic was just re-heated Maoism minus the global revolutionary politics: criticism as form without content (let’s not forget that Foster was a classmate of Bill Gates!). The key to successful propaganda is

in Art, Global Maoism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution
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Refracting control from virtual reality to the digital battlefield
Timothy Lenoir and Luke Caldwell

!’ Comparative Strategy 12(2): 141–​65. Beamon, William S., and Susan I. Moran. 1990. Raster Graphic Helmet-​Mounted Display Study. NSA-​Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA:  General Electric Simulation and Controls System Department. [Contractor Report 4331, AFSCOM Technical Report 90-​B-​008]. 99 Image operations Bohemia Interactive Simulations. 2013. ‘Bohemia Acquires TerraSim.’ 17 April. Accessed 10 May 2015. https://​​content/​wed-​04172013-​1450/​ bohemia-​acquires-​terrasim. Boot, Max. 2003. ‘The New American Way of War.’ Foreign Affairs 82(4 (July

in Image operations
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Brigitte Rollet

eighteenth-century French literature are also an obvious inspiration. Taking intertextuality in its broadest sense, Chapter 3 will assess the strong literary influence on the tone, genre and content of Serreau’s films and dramas. Fairy-tales and philosophical tales, together with the social and political satire characteristicof seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature,are combined with a 1970s’ flavour by the director-dramatistwho addresses issues of gender and race which were not on the agenda of the male French

in Coline Serreau
Leah Modigliani

content to the landscape scenes. Popular songs (Simon and Garfunkel, Santana, etc.), radio advertising, disc-jockey repartee, and news about the ongoing Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) October crisis in Quebec, and controversies over the number of abortions 22  Christos Dikeakos, still from Street Scans Car Rides, Betamax video at the intersection of Cambie Bridge and Second Avenue Vancouver, 1970. Courtesy of the artist. The 1970s and the gendered spaces of the counter tradition performed in British Columbia highlight the collaged aspect of the ‘real’ with the

in Engendering an avant-garde
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Architecture, memes and minds
Author: Chris Abel

While there is widespread agreement across disciplines that the identities of individuals, groups and places are significantly interrelated, there are equally divergent views as to the nature and origins of those relationships. The first part of the book highlights that the prime importance of the human body in spatial cognition and human perception generally. In stressing the fundamental role of the body as the medium of all personal experience, the concept of the self that emerges thus far retains a strong unitary core. An alternative theory of extended minds which retains the integrity of individual human agents while embracing the extension of personal powers by external devices is also discussed. The second part looks at the scope of inquiry to take in the wider impact of technology on human evolution and the extended self. Selected writings from some of Stiegler's prominent followers and critics were also examined for what they contribute to our understanding of Stiegler's ideas and their possible further applications. He and his followers continue to fall back upon neo-Darwinian concepts and terminologies in elaborating their ideas. Theories of emergence and self-production, or autopoiesis, are investigated as promising alternatives to orthodox evolutionary theory. The subject of design, function of memes, impacts of the coevolution of humankind and technology on the human mind and the self are some other concepts discussed. The third part of the book focuses talk about cognitive roots of classification and combinativity, the relations between form and content, and vernacular architecture.