Previously unknown secret paintings discovered on the edge of antique book pages [pics & video] | 22 Words

Previously unknown secret paintings discovered on the edge of antique book pages [pics & video]

By Molly

A few months back, a rare art collection was discovered at the University of Iowa…in the library, of all places.

Colleen Theisen, a staff member with the University’s Special Collection and University Archives, found a set of fore edge paintings, meaning paintings done on the outside pages of a book, only discernible when the book’s pages are fanned out.

The books were written in the 1830s by Robert Mudie, aptly titled…

Autumn

fore edge painting - 01

Winter

fore edge painting - 03

Spring

fore edge painting - 04

Summer

fore edge painting - 06

Here Thiesen and a colleague talk about how fore edge is done…

(via Colossal)

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