Category: miniature

Vintage Matchbox cars and case from the 1960s.

Vintage Matchbox cars and case from the 1960s.

Spy camera designed to imitate a pocket watch,…

Spy camera designed to imitate a pocket watch, 1893.

Whiteladies Dollhouse made by Moray Thomas as …

Whiteladies Dollhouse made by Moray Thomas as a charity dollhouse to raise funds for the Middlesex Hospital, 1935.

Via the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

“Police Camera,” miniature 12-exposure camera …

Police Camera,” miniature 12-exposure camera made by Expo Camera Co., 1911. 

“Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” miniature crime scenes…

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” miniature crime scenes created by Frances Glessner Lee, mid-20th century.

(Via the Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Miniature mannequin shoe-store display, circa 1920s.

Miniature mannequin shoe-store display, circa 1920s.

Rare Dance of Death Manuscript: A Full-page Mi…

Rare Dance of Death Manuscript: A Full-page Miniature from Lombardy, Italy, C.1490

The style of this miniature is indebted to Giovanni Pietro Birago (fl. c.1471/4-1513), the leading illuminator at the Sforza court in Milan by 1490. Especially distinctive is the sculptural crispness of the figures and the small colorful pebbles scattered in the foreground of the miniature. Most influential for Birago and his school was Andrea Mantegna, one of the greatest Renaissance painters whose style dominated northern Italy in the second half of the 15th century. The Dance of Death was a popular subject in late 15th-century art, but is very rarely found in manuscripts.