Images to Tell a Story

Rembrandt : Faust (ca. 1652)
An old man looks up from his work. A bright, radiating disk has appeared at the window of his study. Within the circle of light is a mysterious text. It is an anagram - that is, words in which the letters are in a different order. Reading from the inside out, it says: INRI ADAM Te DAGERAM AMRTET ALGAR ALGASTNA, although just what that means is unclear. To the right of the disk, a hand can be distinguished, which points to something resembling an oval mirror. Although the room is poorly lit, many things can still be perceived; the books, the globe¹ and the skull, left rear, all suggest that the man is educated. ¹The object in this print by Rembrandt is a scientific instrument known as an astrolabe used to determine the positions of celestial bodies in relation to the horizon and to calculate time.

Oskar Kokoschka, Schlafende Frau (aus: Die träumenden Knaben), 1907/1908
Donna che dorme

Randal Spangler ~ Fireside Fairytales, © 1992 Randal Spangler ~ via The Pictorial Arts 
Join the wizard Ladnar and his wife Eleanor by the fireside as they tell of their adventures in the magical land of Ohm… more, via The Pictorial Arts

A song in the Trollshaws by Ted Nasmith

Sleeping Woman 

by Félix Edouard Vallotton (Swiss, December 28, 1865 – December 29, 1925)