Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Marguerite Yourcenar

Marguerite Yourcenar, 1987

The Bodleian Libraries form the largest UK university library system, with more than 12 million printed items, 80,000 e-journals and outstanding special collections, and the Taylor Institution Library is a Bodleian Libraries weblog.

In celebration of the UK’s LGBT History Month, Richard Bruce Parkinson, professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford, writes about French novelist and essayist Marguerite Yourcenar’s essay ‘Le cerveau noir de Piranèse (The dark brain of Piranesi)’, using this portrait of Yourcenar to illustrate.

Read ‘A personal view: Yourcenar, Piranesi and Egypt‘ by Richard Bruce Parkinson on the Taylor Institution Library weblog.

See more portraits of Marguerite Yourcenar.