Spent a couple of days museum-crawling recently. First one was Museum of Science with kids, second MFA without. So the triceratops (80% real bones) was a hit, as was the 100% made-up model of the T-rex… (why he’s dressed in camo is beyond me; the scarf is a little silly as well…)
The grownups then went the next day to the MFA to see Durer engravings and woodcuts. They have an excellent show up; it’s a treasure to see the real prints. We tend to think we know these images; they are reproduced to death. But seeing them for real was a blast – the actual prints are so amazing. For the dovetail freaks, Durer regularly has a dt’d board chest in some of his work, I copped this off the web:
So, if you are reading this James; here is dovetailed construction c. 1515 or so…it just took the English almost 200 years to make it a regular thing with them. The change from frame-and-panel to dovetailed board carcasses was not technology-driven, just fashion…
I have posted details before from the engraving Melancolia; but while browsing the web looking for Durer’s dovetails, I found a high-resolution detail that I couldn’t resist – it shows one way to fasten the horn or tote on this plane.
one website that has great scans of Durer prints is http://www.conncoll.edu/visual/Durer-prints/durerindex.html