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Museum of Myth, Fable, Fairy and Fairy Tale Art



Welcome to the online presence for the Spirit of the Ages Collection - our Virtual Museum of Myth, Fable, Fairy and Fairy Tale Art - and

congratulations on bringing these enduring images and stories into your life.


We have created an online presence for the Spirit of the Ages Collection so that you will have the opportunity to connect with masterful

illustrations prepared to accompany enduring stories from mythology, fairy tales and the classics by some of the great artists associated with

the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelite school, in addition to the Golden Age of Illustration, the 'fin de siècle'

and Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Gothic Revival and Jugendstil movements.


In addition to showing these inspiring artworks, we also present information to place the illustrations in context such as, details of the tales

being interpreted, artist biographies and contemporary reviews.


Throughout the Virtual Museum, we also provide opportunities to purchase Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards, with all our reproduction

images produced with archival quality processes to ensure many years of enjoyment.



"Coloring the Ages - Volume One"

A journey through the history of print-making in the West 


Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" is a coloring book with a twist - it includes a miscellany

of illustrations from the Collection that have been specially selected and introduced to take you

(as the colorist) through the history of printed illustrations in the West.


Coloring the Ages - Volume One (title page)

We have brought together this selection so that you may reconnect

with a tradition of hand-coloring printed illustrations that was a feature

of printed books and print-making from the 15th Century to the

early-20th Century.


As you move through this Volume, each design includes a researched introduction that will have you immersed in the stories behind the works

as you revive the art of enhancing monotone images with your own

selection of palettes.






To the left, we show the Title Page to Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" - a

design first produced by Sidney Meteyard for "The Golden Legend" (1910).


In taking this journey, you will have the opportunity to create your own colored interpretation of illustrations

from seminal works, including "Liber Chronicarum" ("The Nuremberg Chronicle"), Sebastian Brant's

"Daß Narrenschyff ad Narrigoniam" ("Ship of Fools"), "Der Weiß Kunig", Vergil's "Aeneid", "The Dance

of Death", "Cosmographia", Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia" ("The Divine Comedy"),

Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin", "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" and "Tales from Shakespeare".


Along this path, you will also encounter a few tales with which you may not be so familiar as you blend

your own approaches with works from famous artists of the Renaissance and the Golden Age of

Illustration including: Albrecht Dürer; the Master of the Grüninger Workshop; Hans Holbein the Younger;

David Kandel; Pieter Bruegel the Elder; Franz Hogenberg; Gustave Doré; Arthur Rackham;

Sidney H Sime; Reginald Knowles; Edmund Dulac; Vernon Hill; Willy Pogány; Kay Nielsen; Harry Clarke;

Frank C Papé; and Dugald Walker.


Volume One of "Coloring the Ages" measures 8.5 x 11", extends beyond 80 pages and includes, in

addition to the Title Page, the following 20 designs for your coloring pleasure.


Regardless of whether you choose to follow the lead of colorists of "The Nuremberg Chronicle" - as show

on the cover - or you follow your own path, making your way through "Coloring the Ages - Volume One"

will be a delightful journey.

Coloring the Ages - Volume One (cover)


The cover of Volume One of

"Coloring the Ages"


Coloring the Ages - Volume One (rear cover)


When you purchase a copy of "Coloring the

Ages - Volume One" from us, we will ship a copy

to any destination worldwide for US$25

(inclusive of postage).


Use this Add to Cart button to purchase now!



'The Expulsion from Paradise' from ''The Nuremberg Chronicle''Title illustration from the 1st Latin Edition of ''Ship of Fools'''Saint Michael fighting the Dragon' from Durer's ''Apocalypse''Illustration from the 1502 Edition of Vergil's ''Opera''

The Expulsion from Paradise

"Liber Chronicarum"


Unknown Artist of the German Renaissance


Ship of Fools

"Daß Narrenschyff ad Narragoniam"


Unknown Artist of the German Renaissance


Saint Michael Fighting the Dragon

"Apocalipsis cum Figuris"


Albrecht Dürer


Aeneis and the Sybil meet Palinurus

on the shores of the Cocytus on their

approach to the entrance of Hades



The Master of the Grüninger Workshop


Illustration from ''Der Weiss Kunig'''The Knight' by Hans Holbein the Younger from ''The Dance of Death'''Rhinoceros' by David Kandel (after Albrecht Durer) from ''Cosmographia'''Lust' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder from ''The Seven Vices''

How the Old White King traveled to the

Pope's land with his consort to be married

and was greeted warmly by the great

masses of the population of Rome

"Der Weiß Kunig"

(Prepared prior to 1519 - first published in 1775)

Unknown Artist of the German Renaissance


The Knight

"The Dance of Death"


Hans Holbein the Younger

The Rhinoceros


(Various editions between 1544 and 1598)

David Kandel

(after Albrecht Dürer)


"The Seven Vices"


Pieter Bruegel the Elder

'Battle between Dragon and Whale on the Rhine' by Franz HogenbergIllustration by Gustave Dore from ''Purgatory and Paradise''Arthur Rackham - 'The Rescue'Sidney H Sime - 'The ship of Yoharneth-Lahai' from ''The Gods of Pegana''

Battle between Dragon and

Whale on the Rhine

"Description of the Royal Wedding between

Johan Wilhelm of Jülich-Cleve-Berg and

Jakobe of Baden-Baden occurring in 1585"


Franz Hogenberg


In fashion as a snow-white rose, lay

then before my view the saintly

multitude, which in his own blood

Christ espoused

"Purgatory and Paradise"

(1889 - Henry Altemus Edition)

Gustave Doré


The Rescue

"The Studio"

(1905 - April)

Arthur Rackham

The ship of Yoharneth-Lahai

"The Gods of Pegãna"


Sidney H Sime


Reginald Knowles - 'Prince Glee and Princess Trill' from ''Legends from Fairyland''Edmund Dulac - 'The Bells' from ''The Bells and Other Poems''Vernon Hill - 'The Demon Lover' from ''Ballads Weird and Wonderful''Willy Pogany - illustration from ''Lohengrin''

Prince Glee and Princess Trill

"Legends from Fairyland"


Reginald Knowles


The Bells

"The Bells and Other Poems"


Edmund Dulac


The Demon Lover

"Ballads Weird and Wonderful"


Vernon Hill

He is my Lord. He is my King.

And his till death am I.



Willy Pogány

Kay Nielsen - illustration from ''East of the Sun and West of the Moon''Harry Clarke - illustration from ''The Year's at the Spring''Frank C Pape - illustration from ''Tales from Shakespeare''Dugald Walker - 'Mr Valiant-for-Truth' from ''The Dust of Seven Days''

He took her home

"East of the Sun and West of the Moon"


Kay Nielsen


With magic key ... unlocking buds

that keep the roses

"The Year's at the Spring"


Harry Clarke


They were stopped by the strange

appearance of three figures

"Tales from Shakespeare"


Frank C Papé

Mr Valiant-for-Truth

"The Dust of Seven Days"


Dugald Stewart Walker


Medieval and Renaissance Collection 


Our Medieval and Renaissance Collection presents a visually and historically significant collection of Medieval and Renaissance  art,

including a monumental  depiction of the Emperor Maximilian in Triumph surrounded by the Fates (Dürer's "Great Triumphal Chariot of

Maximilian I'') shown in the Albrecht Dürer Collection, pages from ''Liber Chronicarum'' ("The Nuremberg Chronicle") showing the

creation of the World and cartographic work by Münster (''Cosmographia'') and Ruscelli (''Geographia'').


Albrecht Durer - ''Knight, Death and the Devil''

Illustrations for ''Moriae Encomium'' (''The Praise of Folly'') and ''Der Todten-Tantz'' (''The Dance

of Death'') are shown in the Hans Holbein Collection and Georg Scharffenberg's images for

''Der Todten-Tantz'' (''The Dance of Death'') are also on display. Similarly, we are able to show a

complete set of the illustrations from the famous 1775 Kurzböck printing of ''Der Weiß Kunig''. Images

are also shown from works commissioned by Emperor Maximilian, including ''Theuerdank'' and

''Seel unnd heiligen Buch Kaiser Maximilians Altfordern''.










To the left, we show ''Knight, Death and the Devil'' by Albrecht Dürer



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Golden Age of Illustration Collection



The Golden Age of Illustration Collection contains more than 5000 genuine antique and vintage illustrations from some of the greatest

Golden Age artists, including those from England, France, Germany, Australia, Holland and the United States of America. Wonderful images

will greet you from tales like ''Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens'', ''A Midsummer-Night's Dream'', "The Tempest" (with versions from

Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, "The Arabian Nights" (with versions by Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Edward Julius Detmold,

René Bull, Virginia Sterrett and Thomas Mackenzie), 'Arthur and His Knights'', ''Tales from Hans Anderson'' (with versions by

Edmund Dulac, Kay Nielsen, Dugald Walker, Harry Clarke and Duncan Carse), ''Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám'' (with versions by

Edmund Dulac, Willy Pogány, René Bull and Anne Harriet Fish), ''Alice in Wonderland'' (with versions by Arthur Rackham and

Adrienne Ségur), Dante's ''La Vita Nuova'', Wagner's ''The Ring of Niblung'' (with versions by Arthur Rackham and Maxfield Parrish),

Poe's ''The Bells and Other Poems'' and Goethe's ''Faust'' (with versions by Willy Pogány and Harry Clarke).








To the right, we show ''The Sea Battle'' by Arthur Rackham 


Arthur Rackham - ''The Sea Battle''


Kay Nielsen - ''The Story of a Mother''


Other artists represented in the Golden Age of Illustration Collection include Gustave Doré, Romain de Tirtoff (Erté),

Sulamith Wülfing, Jessie M King, Warwick Goble, Violet Brunton, Reginald and Horace Knowles, Frank C Papé,

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Edward Burne-Jones, William Russell Flint, Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban,

Sidney Meteyard, Florence Anderson, Léon Bakst, Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale, John Bauer, Daphne Allen,

Dorothy Lathrop, Sidney H Sime, Vernon Hill, Gustaf Tenggren, Leo Bates, Evelyn de Morgan, John Byam Shaw,

Ivan Bilibin, Newell Convers Wyeth, Jean de Bosschère, Carl Otto Czeschka, Richard Doyle and Gustave Moreau.

Our 'Petit' Collection also highlights lovely images from artists with more minor representations within the Collection.










To the left, we show ''The Story of a Mother'' by Kay Nielsen



Those with an interest in Fairies will find many wonderful examples in the work of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite, Arthur Rackham,

Warwick GobleReginald and Horace Knowles, Daphne Allen, Florence Anderson and Dorothy Lathrop.


Orientalists and romantics will find captivating work in suites from Edmund Dulac and René Bull.


For the lover of richly detailed monotone work, there are glorious examples in the Collections dedicated to Gustave Doré,

Dugald Walker, Willy Pogány, Harry Clarke, Sidney H Sime and Vernon Hill.


Similarly, for those with a penchant for the Hero's tale, inspiring work may be found in suites prepared by Frank C Papé.


This list goes on, of course – and we are sure you will enjoy every moment of considering the art held within the Collection.






To the right, we show an illustration from ''Gods and Mortals in Love'' by Edmund Dulac


An Edmund Dulac illustration from ''Gods and Mortals in Love''


Gustave Dore - 'The Road to Jerusalem' from Michaud's ''History of the Crusades''

Our Reproduction Prints, in particular, provide a somewhat unique opportunity to embrace the enduring artistic legacy of the Masters.

When you do so, you will be joining our valued clientele who include screenwriters, television production companies, Japanese pop stars,

obstetricians, anthropologists and other lovers of this wonderful artwork.


While we respect the privacy of all our clients, we are able to share the tales of recent sales - to read more about our sale highlights, visit

our About Us page.










On the left, we show a recent sale highlight -

an image from Gustave Doré's suite for

Michaud's "History of the Crusades"


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