Friday, June 7, 2013


I found this image a long time ago online somewhere (I've of course forgotten where; the downloaded image filename is an unhelpful "13754.jpg") of the supposed Praha Automata; thought I would post it here. The image is a photographic reproduction (detail) of an etching by the 18th century mathematician-artist Matthias Mütter. The reproduction appeared in a short monograph, published in the States in 1956 I believe, on Mütter's graphic works. The original etching was included in a now non-extant collection of Wunderkammer drawings and etchings published in 1708 [Frankfurt am Main].

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