The brevity of our lives makes it impossible for us to comprehend the magnitude of creativity that has preceeded us. The availability of online resources only amplifies that gap.
Here, we have one small example of masterful things we've never heard of. This time, it's an 1868 book entitled The Grammar of Ornament, by Owen Jones. It is a compendium of hundreds, no, thousands of exquisite drawings.
The power of visual imagery to elicit emotional responses is deeply ingrained in our neurophysiology. It's impossible for us NOT to respond to visual beauty.
One of our most important missions here is to carry on this tradition of creating stimulating visual experiences.
Hat tip: the remarkable blog, Design Observer.