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Recto Collection

"Recto: A Glimpse into History's Fragments" In the realm of ancient manuscripts, a captivating world unfolds on the recto side

Background imageRecto Collection: Madonna Child Infant Saint John Baptist upper left

Madonna Child Infant Saint John Baptist upper left
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Background imageRecto Collection: Persian maxims in nasta'liq, c.1600 (watercolor, ink, gold on paper)

Persian maxims in nasta'liq, c.1600 (watercolor, ink, gold on paper)
8901167 Persian maxims in nasta'liq, c.1600 (watercolor, ink, gold on paper) by Husayni, Mir Ali Al (fl.c.1531-32); 42.5 x 26.6 cm; National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution

Background imageRecto Collection: Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper)

Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper)
1219184 Bacchus and Erigone (pen & ink with wash on paper) by Poussin, Nicolas (1594-1665); 17.7x14.7 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK; eFitzwilliam Museum; French, out of copyright

Background imageRecto Collection: Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c. 1840 (bronze)

Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c. 1840 (bronze)
2959908 Watermans arm badge, Ryde, Isle of Wight, c.1840 (bronze) by English School, (19th century); Timothy Millett Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageRecto Collection: Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal)

Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal)
2959943 Dublin Philharmonic Society Badge inscribed James Murray, 1784 (metal) by Irish School, (18th century); Timothy Millett Collection; Irish, out of copyright

Background imageRecto Collection: A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b / w photo)

A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b / w photo)
PNP268179 A Piece of Eight, dated 1714 (silver) (b/w photo) by Spanish School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRecto Collection: Slight ink scribbles, possibly a drapery study? (verso)

Slight ink scribbles, possibly a drapery study? (verso)
5938286 Slight ink scribbles, possibly a drapery study? (verso), eighteenth century (red chalk on paper) [see 5938219] by Solimena, Francesco (1657-1747); 29x20.5 cm; Fitzwilliam Museum

Background imageRecto Collection: Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper)

Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper)
824148 Martha Hess as Silence (recto), (pencil and white chalk on buff paper) by Fuseli, Henry (Fussli, Johann Heinrich) (1741-1825); 54.5x33 cm; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRecto Collection: Women Enjoying the River at the Forests Edge, c. 1765. Creator: Hunhar II (Indian

Women Enjoying the River at the Forests Edge, c. 1765. Creator: Hunhar II (Indian
Women Enjoying the River at the Forests Edge, c. 1765. The image of young women at play, in association with water and the fruiting of trees, such as this mango

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Fowl Head and Neck, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of a Fowl Head and Neck, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human
XYC262893 Study of a Fowl Head and Neck, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Leopard Body, Lateral View, 1795-1806 (graphite & red chalk)

Leopard Body, Lateral View, 1795-1806 (graphite & red chalk)
XYC261357 Leopard Body, Lateral View, 1795-1806 (graphite & red chalk) by Stubbs, George (1724-1806); 24.8x35.2 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that
XYC261308 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: B1992.8.12(12)

B1992.8.12(12)
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Background imageRecto Collection: Ensete Ventricosum (w/c over pencil on paper)

Ensete Ventricosum (w/c over pencil on paper)
XYC146392 Ensete Ventricosum (w/c over pencil on paper) by Balugani, Luigi (1737-70); 31x24.5 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Mountainous Landscape with Town in Valley, c.1840 (graphite & grey wash on paper)

Mountainous Landscape with Town in Valley, c.1840 (graphite & grey wash on paper)
XYC201202 Mountainous Landscape with Town in Valley, c.1840 (graphite & grey wash on paper) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 23.6x29.4 cm; Yale Center for British Art

Background imageRecto Collection: Catania, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper)

Catania, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper)
XYC205249 Catania, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper) by Lear, Edward (1812-88); 11.7x19.5 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: South Porch and Tower of an Unidentified Church, c.1790-95 (pencil on laid paper)

South Porch and Tower of an Unidentified Church, c.1790-95 (pencil on laid paper)
XYC205239 South Porch and Tower of an Unidentified Church, c.1790-95 (pencil on laid paper) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 20.8x12.9 cm; Yale Center for British Art

Background imageRecto Collection: A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger

A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl
XYC252127 A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl: Tiger Body, Lateral View, 1795-1806 (graphite on paper) by Stubbs

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body
XYC257407 Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that
XYC261343 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body
XYC257409 Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Standing in Human Posture, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of a Tiger, Standing in Human Posture, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human
XYC261362 Study of a Tiger, Standing in Human Posture, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Recumbent, Viewed Ventrally, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of a Tiger, Recumbent, Viewed Ventrally, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human
XYC261361 Study of a Tiger, Recumbent, Viewed Ventrally, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, Undissected, Finished Study for Table VII

Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, Undissected, Finished Study for Table VII
XYC261316 Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, Undissected, Finished Study for Table VII, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, Diagram for Key to Table I

Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, Diagram for Key to Table I, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of
XYC261303 Study of the Human Figure, Anterior View, Diagram for Key to Table I, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Sketch of two ships on a catalogue page, c.1823 (pencil on paper)

Sketch of two ships on a catalogue page, c.1823 (pencil on paper)
XYC203470 Sketch of two ships on a catalogue page, c.1823 (pencil on paper) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851); 22.5x42.9 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Sir Charles Blunt (b.1775) Hunting the Boar and Escaping from the Tiger

Sir Charles Blunt (b.1775) Hunting the Boar and Escaping from the Tiger: a study for one of a set of four paintings
XYC216259 Sir Charles Blunt (b.1775) Hunting the Boar and Escaping from the Tiger: a study for one of a set of four paintings made in 1815 (pencil heightened with white on grey paper) by Ward

Background imageRecto Collection: A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper)

A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper)
XYC216256 A Thatched Shelter Suspended from a Tree (pencil & black ink on paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 17.8x11.4 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Convent at Valmontone, from a volume of 66 views drawn from nature in the neighbourhood of Rome

Convent at Valmontone, from a volume of 66 views drawn from nature in the neighbourhood of Rome and Abruzzo
XYC176323 Convent at Valmontone, from a volume of 66 views drawn from nature in the neighbourhood of Rome and Abruzzo, November 1790 (pen and ink wash on paper) by Hoare

Background imageRecto Collection: Iskandar (Alexander) and the talking tree, Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings)

Iskandar (Alexander) and the talking tree, Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020)
7487875 Iskandar (Alexander) and the talking tree, Folio from a Shahnama (Book of kings) by Firdawsi (died 1020); recto (opaque w/c, ink and gold on paper) by Persian School

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Diagram Showing the Subcutaneous Blood Supply

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Diagram Showing the Subcutaneous Blood Supply
XYC261342 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Diagram Showing the Subcutaneous Blood Supply, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that
XYC261340 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, Diagram for Key to Table XV, from A Comparative Anatomical

Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, Diagram for Key to Table XV, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure
XYC261310 Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, Diagram for Key to Table XV, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of
XYC261368 Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure

Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body
XYC261323 Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Climbing Plant (Pumpkin Family) (pencil heightened with white on blue paper)

Study of a Climbing Plant (Pumpkin Family) (pencil heightened with white on blue paper)
XYC216269 Study of a Climbing Plant (Pumpkin Family) (pencil heightened with white on blue paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 21.5x44 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Palermo, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper)

Palermo, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper)
XYC205252 Palermo, from Views of Sicily (chalk & gouache on blue paper) by Lear, Edward (1812-88); 6.7x12.7 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Studies of a Standing Figure, and a Boot, 1825 (graphite & sepia wash on paper)

Studies of a Standing Figure, and a Boot, 1825 (graphite & sepia wash on paper)
XYC216260 Studies of a Standing Figure, and a Boot, 1825 (graphite & sepia wash on paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 17.8x26.4 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of
XYC262888 Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that
XYC261339 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Abdominal Viscera Exposed, from A Comparative Anatomical

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Abdominal Viscera Exposed, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of
XYC261309 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, Abdominal Viscera Exposed, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of
XYC261366 Study of a Fowl, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of

Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that
XYC261337 Study of a Tiger, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: A Bell on a Notched Post (pencil on paper)

A Bell on a Notched Post (pencil on paper)
XYC216261 A Bell on a Notched Post (pencil on paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 5.2x17.6 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: A Wild Boar, Asleep or Dead, 1814 (pen & ink on paper)

A Wild Boar, Asleep or Dead, 1814 (pen & ink on paper)
XYC216258 A Wild Boar, Asleep or Dead, 1814 (pen & ink on paper) by Ward, James (1769-1859); 27x37.8 cm; Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, USA

Background imageRecto Collection: View across a Meadow to a Church, 1834 (graphite on green heavy wove paper)

View across a Meadow to a Church, 1834 (graphite on green heavy wove paper)
XYC158432 View across a Meadow to a Church, 1834 (graphite on green heavy wove paper) by Lear, Edward (1812-88); 25.4x35.6 cm; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA; Gift of Donald Gallup

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of

Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body
XYC257414 Study of the Human Figure, Posterior View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl

Background imageRecto Collection: Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure

Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body
XYC261321 Study of the Human Figure, Lateral View, from A Comparative Anatomical Exposition of the Structure of the Human Body with that of a Tiger and a Common Fowl



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"Recto: A Glimpse into History's Fragments" In the realm of ancient manuscripts, a captivating world unfolds on the recto side. This enigmatic term refers to the front side of a page, and it holds within its folds an array of intriguing hints from various eras. One such glimpse reveals an ethereal Madonna cradling the infant Saint John Baptist in her arms, their divine bond immortalized in delicate brushstrokes. Nearby, fragments from Arator De Actibus Apostolorum whisper tales of early Christian history, offering us a window into the faith that shaped civilizations. As we delve deeper into this treasure trove, we encounter Merula's preface to Martial's Epigrammata – words penned by a scholar long gone but forever etched onto paper. Perhaps these pages once held legal texts too; fragments hint at Justinian's Codex and its intricate laws that governed Byzantine society. The whispers continue with remnants from Euripides' Medea – lines that once echoed through amphitheaters now echo softly on aged parchment. And what is this list? A record lost to time or perhaps financial accounts meticulously kept? Amongst these fragments lies one shrouded in mystery—an unidentified piece whose purpose eludes even the most astute scholars. Its secrets remain locked away until someone can decipher its cryptic message. But not all is lost; Confessio Amantis by John Gower emerges as another fragmentary gem—a poetic confession revealing human desires and foibles across centuries past. It reminds us that emotions transcend time and space. And finally, amidst all these textual wonders rests The Vale of Llangollen—its beauty captured through pen and brown ink on fragile paper—a testament to artistry transcending mere words. Recto invites us to embark upon an archaeological journey through humanity's collective memory—a patchwork quilt woven with threads spanning millennia.