The Cyanometer is a magical yet simple instrument for measuring ‘blueness‘, not the feeling but specifically the colour intensity of blue sky. A Cyanometer consists of squares of paper dyed in graduated shades of blue and arranged in a color circle or square that can be held up and compared to the color of the sky. It helped lead to a successful conclusion that the blueness of the sky is a measure of transparency caused by the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
(Horace-Bénédict de Saussure’s cyanometer, 1760)
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Appdikted @Mimi Berlin is trying to capture the graphic identity of Venice, Italy by collecting the images of doorbells. Doorbells in this maze of a city are embellished to the extreme in stone, bronze and copper as you can see below.
Memento Mori (remember that you can die) is the medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. These timepieces were made to remind people to stick to these, christian, rules for succesful living (and after-life) by the minute….. Clever!
1810; 18K gold, enamel, diamond verge and fusee skull watch. 43 mm high x 27 wide x 32 deep. Sold for $16,000.
Skull-shaped timepieces as reminder that we all are immortal…