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Jim Thompson Silk Scarf, Thailand (Image courtesy of noabags.com)

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

Jim Thompson Silk Scarf, Thailand (Image courtesy of noabags.com) 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...

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Schloss Salenegg in Maienfeld, Bündner Herrschaft, Graubunden CH (Photo Patrick Hunt, 2013)

The Maienfeld Wine of Schloss Salenegg

Schloss Salenegg in Maienfeld, Bündner Herrschaft, Graubunden CH (Photo Patrick Hunt, 2013) 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...

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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,...

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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

Roman wine trade oxcart, from grave stele, Augsburg Roman Museum (Photo in public domain) by Andrea M. Gáldy -  Roman Augsburg and Kempten are hidden gems of Southern Germany. This region offers more than skiing holidays and Oktoberfest,...

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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

Fig. 1    Sesostris (Senoswret) III as a young man, granite, Middle Empire, 12th Dynasty, c, 1870 BC Munich By Andrea M. Gáldy -  Prepare to get lost in ancient Egypt. Actually, prepare to get lost constantly for this is a museum cleverly...

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Jim Thompson Silk Scarf, Thailand (Image courtesy of noabags.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 along […]

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Schloss Salenegg in Maienfeld, Bündner Herrschaft, Graubunden CH (Photo Patrick Hunt, 2013)

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 for […]

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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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Portrait of J. S. Bach, circa 1745 (Image in public domain)

J. S. Bach and Steganography

By Patrick Hunt – According to 17th century German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz, “Music is a secret exercise in the arithmetic of the soul.” That music and mathematics are deeply wedded needs no explanation, since “Music is mathematics you can hear.” [1]   If anyone could hear the mathematics of music, it was Bach. Sometimes Bach may […]

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Fig. 1: Bacchus and the Mount Vesuvius, Fresco, Pompeii, House of the Centenary, AD 68–79, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, (Photo © Fotografica Foglia, Naples)

Volcano Lovers: Exhibition review, Hypo Kunsthalle, Munich, November 2013 – 23 March 2014

By Andrea M. Gáldy, Exhibitions and Museum Editor -  When life was suddenly brought to a halt and encapsulated in 79 AD, the people caught up in the catastrophe cannot have been entirely surprised by Vesuvius erupting. The earthquake of February 62 AD alone might have been a wake-up call. For long periods the volcano […]

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Mosaic Image of Justinian, 6th. c,  from San Vitale, Ravenna (Image in public domain)

Archaeology of the Law: Antonio Agustín’s Antiquarian Interests

  By Andrea M. Gáldy – Archbishop Antonio Agustín y Albanel (1517-1586) died on 31 May 1586 at Tarragona, a city of notable traditions both as the Roman capital of Hispania Citerior, then Hispania Tarraconensis and as the seat of one of the oldest archdioceses in Spain, established even before the martyrdom of Bishop St. […]

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Vasily Sitnikov, Russian Monastery, 1971, 88 x 128 cm (Sotheby's)

Cultural Diplomacy and Soviet Art

By Allison Rath -  When Norton Dodge (1927-2011) first traveled to the Soviet Union in 1955 to study the economic role of Russian women, he encountered the underground nonconformist art world in Moscow with the clandestine help of artist Valery Kuznetsov. Moved by the art he saw, Dodge would spend the next thirty years (1956-86) traveling […]

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Abbazia di Novacella, Courtyard with painted well tableaux (Photo P. Hunt 2013)

Seven Wonders of the World at Abbazia di Novacella

By Patrick Hunt -  The Abbazia di Novacella is in the South Tyrolean municipality of Varna (Varhn), surrounded by its monastery vineyards above the Isarco (Eisack) River. South Tyrol was part of Austria until 1919 but is now Italy. The Abbazia is steeped in history, from its medieval foundation around 1142 to its Baroque embellishments. […]

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