By Michael Sappol and Eva Åhrén ~ Originally published in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, 2011. Once upon a time, before originality was
As the nights get longer and leaves turn and fall, many will spend a dark evening communing with frightening images. This ‘portal of death’ is the frontispiece from Bernardino Genga’s beautiful Anatomia per uso et intelligenza del disengno…, 1691.
By Ginny A. Roth
Halloween is not a night for the faint of heart. This frighteningly festive 15th century woodcut from the Nuremberg Chronicle is captioned by a celebratory Latin verse which speaks of death as a friend.