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"Unveiling the Depths of Knowledge: From Swan Fountain Pens to Galileo's Dialogo" Step back in time to 1932

Background imageKnowing Collection: Swan Fountain Pens 1932

Swan Fountain Pens 1932
A selection of Swan pens for you to give your friends at Christmas, knowing that the pleasing hues give added charm to fine craftsmanship

Background imageKnowing Collection: Discovery of America. Second Voyage of Columbus. Jamaica. 15

Discovery of America. Second Voyage of Columbus. Jamaica. 15
Jamaica. 15th century. Second Voyage of Columbus. Jamaicans refuse to give food to Columbus and he, knowing that there will be a lunar eclipse, tells them that God will deny the light

Background imageKnowing Collection: Dusk view across Vinales Valley showing limestone hills known as Mogotes

Dusk view across Vinales Valley showing limestone hills known as Mogotes, Vinales, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageKnowing Collection: Caesar Refuses Crown

Caesar Refuses Crown
Julius Caesar is offered the crown by Marcus Antonius but he prudently refuses it knowing public opinion is against it

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Chanvre; Hemp; Hanf (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Chanvre; Hemp; Hanf (engraving)
7195275 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Chanvre; Hemp; Hanf (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Chanvre; Hemp; Hanf)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Lapin; Rabbit; Kaninchen (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Lapin; Rabbit; Kaninchen (engraving)
7196498 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Lapin; Rabbit; Kaninchen (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lapin; Rabbit; Kaninchen)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Sanglier; Wild-boar; Wildschwein (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Sanglier; Wild-boar; Wildschwein (engraving)
7197475 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Sanglier; Wild-boar; Wildschwein (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sanglier; Wild-boar; Wildschwein)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Denstone College, Lignum Crucis Arbor Scientiae, The Wood Of The Cross Is The Tree Of Knowledge

Denstone College, Lignum Crucis Arbor Scientiae, The Wood Of The Cross Is The Tree Of Knowledge (colour litho)
2794658 Denstone College, Lignum Crucis Arbor Scientiae, The Wood Of The Cross Is The Tree Of Knowledge (colour litho) by English School

Background imageKnowing Collection: Stalking Horse

Stalking Horse
A wildfowler, knowing that birds are less frightened of horses than of humans, conceals himself behind a wooden horse

Background imageKnowing Collection: Representation of a Japanese astrologer looking at the sky through an astronomical bezel

Representation of a Japanese astrologer looking at the sky through an astronomical bezel, 1867 (engraving)
JAB4119068 Representation of a Japanese astrologer looking at the sky through an astronomical bezel, 1867 (engraving) by French School

Background imageKnowing Collection: Medical plate from Kitab Al Qanun fi Page from the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (Ibn Sina)

Medical plate from Kitab Al Qanun fi Page from the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (Ibn Sina) (980-1037)
LRI4672438 Medical plate from Kitab Al Qanun fi Page from the Canon of Medicine by Avicenna (Ibn Sina) (980-1037), 14th century (vellum)-Tibb (Al Tibb) by Avicenna by Islamic School

Background imageKnowing Collection: Socrates last drink

Socrates last drink
Socrates (470 - 399 BC) drinks the hemlock, knowing it will be his last drink

Background imageKnowing Collection: An Irish pilgrim to SAINT PATRICK'S PURGATORY, in Lough Dergh, sits in Saint Bridget's Chair

An Irish pilgrim to SAINT PATRICK'S PURGATORY, in Lough Dergh, sits in Saint Bridget's Chair, knowing that by doing so he is forever protected from accident and sudden death Date: 1847

Background imageKnowing Collection: Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo

Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving)
533634 Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving by Bella, Stefano della (1610-64); (add.info.: Dialogo dei Massimi Sistemi)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo

Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving)
UIG5088679 Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving by Bella, Stefano della (1610-64); Science Museum, London

Background imageKnowing Collection: Galileo Galilei's tomb. Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence. Italy. 18th century

Galileo Galilei's tomb. Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence. Italy. 18th century
YOU4419629 Galileo Galilei's tomb. Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence. Italy. 18th century by Foggini, Giovanni Battista (1652-1725); (add.info.: Galileo Galilei, called Galilee (1564-1642)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo

Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving)
1830333 Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo, published in 1632 (engraving by Bella, Stefano della (1610-64); (add.info.: Dialogo dei Massimi Sistemi)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Cover of the work ' Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo Al Sermo. Ferd. II. Big

Cover of the work " Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo Al Sermo. Ferd. II. Big
CUL4864053 Cover of the work " Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo Al Sermo. Ferd. II. Big. Duca di Toscana", 1632 (engraving); (add.info)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Doctor Faustus, 1652 (Etching)

Doctor Faustus, 1652 (Etching)
7393422 Doctor Faustus, 1652 (Etching) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); 21 x 16 cm; Fondation Glenat, Grenoble, France; © Fonds Glenat

Background imageKnowing Collection: Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object)

Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object)
DEX5040787 Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object) by Plato, Carlo (16th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Objective lens of the astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object)

Objective lens of the astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object)
DEX5040778 Objective lens of the astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object) by Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with

Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with glass beads of
DEX5040751 Thermometer of the Accademia del Cimento, consists of 7 bulbs in clusters containing liquid with glass beads of different densities, c.1650 (object) by Unknown Artist

Background imageKnowing Collection: Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1564 (object)

Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1564 (object)
DEX5040801 Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1564 (object) by Volpaia, Girolamo della (c.1530-1614); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)

Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass)
DEX5040743 Samuel Morland's mechanical calculator in brassware and silver, 1664 (brass) by Unknown Artist, (17th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object)

Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object)
DEX5040794 Armillary sphere following the ptolemaic system, 1578 (object) by Plato, Carlo (16th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Albert Einstein and Esteban Terrades at the industrial school of Barcelona, 1926 (b/w photo)

Albert Einstein and Esteban Terrades at the industrial school of Barcelona, 1926 (b/w photo)
AIS5350336 Albert Einstein and Esteban Terrades at the industrial school of Barcelona, 1926 (b/w photo) by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object)

Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object)
DEX5040748 Calculator by Tito Gonnella (born 1794), 1896 (object) by Italian School, (19th century); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Adoration of the Magi, Chapel of the Scrovegni, Padua, c. 1305 (fresco)

Adoration of the Magi, Chapel of the Scrovegni, Padua, c. 1305 (fresco)
DEX5040772 Adoration of the Magi, Chapel of the Scrovegni, Padua, c.1305 (fresco) by Giotto (Giotto di Bondone) (c.1266-1337); Scrovegni (Arena) Chapel, Padua

Background imageKnowing Collection: Objective lens and astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object)

Objective lens and astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object)
DEX5040742 Objective lens and astronomical bezel of Galilee or Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), 1610 (object) by Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Triangulation instrument in gold brassed, 16th century (brass)

Triangulation instrument in gold brassed, 16th century (brass)
DEX5040795 Triangulation instrument in gold brassed, 16th century (brass) by Lanci, Baldassare (Baldassare da Urbino) (c.1510-71); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Set containing mathematics instruments (square, compsole, pendulum, compas, rules)

Set containing mathematics instruments (square, compsole, pendulum, compas, rules), late 16th century (brass)
DEX5040744 Set containing mathematics instruments (square, compsole, pendulum, compas, rules), late 16th century (brass) by Schissler

Background imageKnowing Collection: Annunciation, 1480-85 circa, (oil on panel)

Annunciation, 1480-85 circa, (oil on panel)
7146513 Annunciation, 1480-85 circa, (oil on panel) by Credi, Lorenzo di (1456-1536); Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; (add.info.: Annunciation, stories of Adam and Eve (creation)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Shiva as Dakshinamurti, 1200-1300, (granite)

Shiva as Dakshinamurti, 1200-1300, (granite)
7130104 Shiva as Dakshinamurti, 1200-1300, (granite) by Indian School, (13th century); Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK; (add.info.: Shiva as Dakshinamurti, 1200-1300, late Chola period, granite)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c. 1608 (object)

Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c. 1608 (object)
DEX5040803 Magnet given by Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) to Ferdinando II de Medici, c.1608 (object) by Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642); Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: Galileo Galilei demonstrating law of gravity in presence of Giovanni De Medici

Galileo Galilei demonstrating law of gravity in presence of Giovanni De Medici, Tribune of Galileo, Florence, c
DEX5040747 Galileo Galilei demonstrating law of gravity in presence of Giovanni De Medici, Tribune of Galileo, Florence, c.1839 (fresco) by Bezzuoli, Giuseppe (1784-1855); Museo della Specola

Background imageKnowing Collection: Medicine: on bandages by Soranus of Ephesus (manuscript)

Medicine: on bandages by Soranus of Ephesus (manuscript)
LRI4672783 Medicine: on bandages by Soranus of Ephesus (manuscript) by Unknown artist, (2nd-3rd century); Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana, Florence

Background imageKnowing Collection: The Fool Who Despises Wisdom, 1660-86 (brush and Indian ink on paper)

The Fool Who Despises Wisdom, 1660-86 (brush and Indian ink on paper)
7308556 The Fool Who Despises Wisdom, 1660-86 (brush and Indian ink on paper) by Stettler, Wilhelm (1643-1708); 11.5x10.5 cm; Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Background imageKnowing Collection: The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists, detail of the Miracle of the Sacrament'(fresco)

The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists, detail of the Miracle of the Sacrament'(fresco)
7301180 The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists, detail of the Miracle of the Sacrament (fresco) by Rosselli, Cosimo (1439-1507); Sant Ambrogio, Florence, Tuscany

Background imageKnowing Collection: Mother Gives Her Daughter Lessons in Knitting, Historic, digital reproduction of an original 19th

Mother Gives Her Daughter Lessons in Knitting, Historic, digital reproduction of an original 19th century pattern
7278812 Mother Gives Her Daughter Lessons in Knitting, Historic, digital reproduction of an original 19th century pattern by Unknown Artist

Background imageKnowing Collection: Disputes Of Doctors, 1531 (engraving)

Disputes Of Doctors, 1531 (engraving)
7272461 Disputes Of Doctors, 1531 (engraving) by Burgkmair, Hans (c.1473-1531); (add.info.: MEDICINE Medical that disputes in a table rotonda incisione of Hans Burgkmair for De Officiis di Guide)

Background imageKnowing Collection: The mother teaching, 1849

The mother teaching, 1849
7298946 The mother teaching, 1849 by Tidemand, Adolph (1814-76); 44x38 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Adolph Tidemand (1814-1876)); Photo © O. Vaering

Background imageKnowing Collection: The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists'(from the left, Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola)

The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists'(from the left, Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola)
7301220 The Group of Neoplatonic Humanists (from the left, Marsilio Ficino, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Agnolo Poliziano): detail of the Miracle of the Sacrament, fresco (fresco) by Rosselli

Background imageKnowing Collection: Lecture Hall for Instruction in Vienna Hospital, 1890, Surgeon Christian Albert Theodor Billroth

Lecture Hall for Instruction in Vienna Hospital, 1890, Surgeon Christian Albert Theodor Billroth
7279558 Lecture Hall for Instruction in Vienna Hospital, 1890, Surgeon Christian Albert Theodor Billroth by Unknown Artist

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Rixe; Affray; Handgemenge (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Rixe; Affray; Handgemenge (engraving)
7197403 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Rixe; Affray; Handgemenge (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Rixe; Affray; Handgemenge)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Cadavre; Corpse; Leiche (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Cadavre; Corpse; Leiche (engraving)
7195106 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Cadavre; Corpse; Leiche (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cadavre; Corpse; Leiche)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Batiment (negrier); Slaver; Sclavenschiff (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Batiment (negrier); Slaver; Sclavenschiff (engraving)
7194878 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Batiment (negrier); Slaver; Sclavenschiff (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Batiment (negrier); Slaver; Sclavenschiff

Background imageKnowing Collection: Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Brutal; Brute; Brutale Mensch (engraving)

Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Brutal; Brute; Brutale Mensch (engraving)
7195072 Le Vocabulaire Illustre: Brutal; Brute; Brutale Mensch (engraving) by European School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Brutal; Brute; Brutale Mensch)

Background imageKnowing Collection: Gudrun, 1912

Gudrun, 1912
7262793 Gudrun, 1912 by Krohg, Christian (1852-1925); 95x65 cm; Private Collection; Photo © O. Vaering



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"Unveiling the Depths of Knowledge: From Swan Fountain Pens to Galileo's Dialogo" Step back in time to 1932, when Swan Fountain Pens graced the hands of writers and thinkers, capturing their thoughts with elegance and precision. In a world where words flowed effortlessly from nib to paper, knowledge was immortalized. Le Vocabulaire Illustre takes us on a linguistic journey as we explore the enchanting world of Lapin, Rabbit, Kaninchen - each engraving revealing the universal language that connects us all. And just beyond our reach lies the breathtaking dusk view across Vinales Valley; its limestone hills known as Mogotes whisper ancient secrets only nature can comprehend. Caesar Refuses Crown reminds us that true wisdom lies not in power but in humility. As we delve deeper into Le Vocabulaire Illustre once more, Chanvre unveils the versatile potential hidden within Hemp's fibers while Sanglier teaches us about resilience through Wild-boar's untamed spirit. Denstone College beckons seekers of knowledge with its motto: Lignum Crucis Arbor Scientiae - The Wood Of The Cross Is The Tree Of Knowledge. Here, minds are nurtured and shaped for greatness; it is here that understanding blossoms like a stalking horse waiting patiently for its moment. Socrates' last drink symbolizes his unwavering commitment to truth even in the face of death itself. And an Irish pilgrim finds solace sitting in Saint Bridget's Chair at SAINT PATRICK'S PURGATORY - knowing protection from accident and sudden demise awaits those who seek refuge there since 1847. Frontispiece to Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo by Galileo transports us back to 1632 when revolutionary ideas challenged conventional beliefs. Through this engraving, we witness Galileo daringly unraveling celestial mysteries and expanding humanity's intellectual horizons.