Friday, September 19, 2008


David Donovan III engraved this version of Durer's "Melancolia I" for me in Iowa City in the late 1980s. The cropped-out "magic square" above her head contains the sixteeen letters of my full name, so this is my calling card. (Now, aren't you sorry you haven't had me over for tea?) In the original, each row in the magic square adds up to 34. The bottom row has the numbers 4/15/14/1, embedding the image's date, 1514. (The link is to an enormous image; I had to cross the room to see the face or skull in the polyhedron. Get out of your chair and step back.)

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