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Fig. 1 Hanover, Schloss Herrenhausen, c.1640-1943, rebuilt 2013 in its classicistic appearance conducted by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in 1818.

The Complete Gentleman – Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn

  Fig. 1 Hanover, Schloss Herrenhausen, c.1640-1943, rebuilt 2013 in its Neoclassicist appearance conducted by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in 1818. By Andrea M. Gáldy - The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837. A series of exhibitions...

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The Great Portico at the Temple of Literature, c. 18th century (Photo Catherine Clover, 2014)

Văn Miêu – The Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam

The Great Portico at the Temple of Literature, c. 18th century (Photo Catherine Clover, 2014) By Catherine Clover -  Spring Morning In the hut in the mountains one is free the live-long day A clump of bamboos leaning o’er screens from cold...

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Osiris holding crook and flail (image in public domain)

Egyptian Kingship and Animal Husbandry

Osiris holding crook and flail (Image in public domain) By Patrick Hunt - What is the relationship between ancient Egyptian kingship and animal husbandry, specifically the practice of owning, tending and herding animals like cattle? Ancient...

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Iznik Tile, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Third Phase, 16th c.

Odyssey from Iskenderun to Beirut to America: An Extraordinary Memoir in “The Way It Turned Out”

Iznik Tile, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Third Phase, 16th c. By P. F. Sommerfeldt -  Memoirs are by nature usually suspect; this one truly raises the bar. Here honesty is cherished and myopic self references are at a minimum. Especially when...

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Pontormo, detail of Gabriel from Annunciation, 1527-8, Chiesa Santa Felicità, Florence (Courtesy of Le Stanza di Santa Croce)

A Style Is Born– From High Renaissance To The New Manner

Pontormo, detail of Gabriel from Annunciation, 1527-8, Chiesa Santa Felicità, Florence (Courtesy of Le Stanza di Santa Croce) By Andrea Gáldy - Pontormo and Rosso. Diverging Paths of Mannerism, 8 March to 20 July 2014, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza...

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Fig. 1 Hanover, Schloss Herrenhausen, c.1640-1943, rebuilt 2013 in its classicistic appearance conducted by Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves in 1818.

The Complete Gentleman – Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn

  By Andrea M. Gáldy – The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714-1837. A series of exhibitions at Schloss Herrenhausen and other venues, Hanover and Lower Saxony, 17 May to 5 October 2014, www.royals-aus-hannover.de Ralf Bormann, “The Art Collection of Count Johann Ludwig von Wallmoden-Gimborn”, in Katja Lembke (ed.), The Hanoverians on Britain’s Throne 1714–1837. Catalogue […]

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The Great Portico at the Temple of Literature, c. 18th century (Photo Catherine Clover, 2014)

Văn Miêu – The Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam

By Catherine Clover -  Spring Morning In the hut in the mountains one is free the live-long day A clump of bamboos leaning o’er screens from cold mountain air Green grows the grass and the sky reels in joy, Late lingers the dew in the cups of scarlet flowers The man alone with the lonely cloud clings […]

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Osiris holding crook and flail (image in public domain)

Egyptian Kingship and Animal Husbandry

By Patrick Hunt – What is the relationship between ancient Egyptian kingship and animal husbandry, specifically the practice of owning, tending and herding animals like cattle? Ancient cattle pens have been found in Nilotic contexts going back at least eight thousand years into the Neolithic, possibly the earliest examples of bovid domestication in the world […]

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Iznik Tile, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Third Phase, 16th c.

Odyssey from Iskenderun to Beirut to America: An Extraordinary Memoir in “The Way It Turned Out”

By P. F. Sommerfeldt -  Memoirs are by nature usually suspect; this one truly raises the bar. Here honesty is cherished and myopic self references are at a minimum. Especially when they are filled with rationalizations of bad behavior, railing curses against foes or aimed at generating sympathy for a gargantuan mea culpa, memoirs can […]

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Pontormo, detail of Gabriel from Annunciation, 1527-8, Chiesa Santa Felicità, Florence (Courtesy of Le Stanza di Santa Croce)

A Style Is Born– From High Renaissance To The New Manner

By Andrea Gáldy – Pontormo and Rosso. Diverging Paths of Mannerism, 8 March to 20 July 2014, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence, Italy, www.palazzostrozzi.org. An exhibition curated by Antonio Natali (director of the Uffizi Gallery) and Carlo Falciani (lecturer in art history) and held at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. Carlo Falciani and Antonio Natali, eds. […]

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Jim Thomson silk pillow (Image courtesy of zengarine.com)

The House That Silk Built: Jim Thompson’s Residence on the Klong – A True Bangkok Gem

  By Catherine Clover –   Bangkok, Thailand, is a city with many interesting wats, or temples, palaces and occasionally a home of historical significance, many of which I see often and have visited as I’ve lived here in Bangkok for several years. The Jim Thompson house is a fine example of the latter. Located […]

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Schloss Salenegg in Maisfeld, Bündner Herrschaft (Photo P. Hunt 2014)

The Maienfeld Wine of Schloss Salenegg

  By Patrick Hunt How many wines can compete with the renown of Burgundy for Pinot Noir?  To many, Maienfeld in the Canton of Graubunden in Switzerland is famous as the setting for Johanna Spyri’s 1880 novel of Heidi,  so this lovely and picturesque part of the Rhine Valley has even been named Heidiland by locals […]

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Detail of the tiled Dome of the Khoja Ahmad Yasawi Mausoleum, late 14th c.  (Image in public domain)

Khoja Ahmad Yasawi and His Mausoleum

Detail of the tiled Dome of the Khoja Ahmad Yasawi Mausoleum, late 14th c. (Image in public domain) By Aigerim Korzhumbayeva -  Silent yet loud … The lack of a tongue of this inanimate structure does not let it speak about its past. Yet, historical accounts and legends turn up the volume of this “silence” not […]

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Roman wine trade oxcart, from grave stele, Augsburg Roman Museum (Photo in public domain)

Roman Cities in Southern Germany – Hidden Gems 1, Augsburg and Kempten

by Andrea M. Gáldy -  Roman Augsburg and Kempten are hidden gems of Southern Germany. This region offers more than skiing holidays and Oktoberfest, nice though they are. Traces of ancient Celtic and Roman settlements in the former Province of Raetia can still be made out, while during the Mediaeval and Early Modern Period the […]

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Fig. 1 Sesostris (Senoswret) III

The Museum as Search for the Past: a Visit to the “New” Museum of Egyptian Art at Munich

By Andrea M. Gáldy -  Prepare to get lost in ancient Egypt. Actually, prepare to get lost constantly for this is a museum cleverly hidden within the Munich Kunstareal (Fig. 2). As you approach the Museum of Egyptian Art you turn from a normal visitor into an archaeologist discovering a new royal tomb. The entrance […]

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