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Gottfried Franz, "Munchausen Riding the Cannon Ball" circa 1896  (image public domain)

A New Baron Munchausen

Gottfried Franz, “Munchausen Riding the Cannon Ball” circa 1896 (image public domain) By P. F. Sommerfeldt –  That far-fetched frolic of the rogue librarian Raspe, Adventures of Baron Munchausen has entertained many generations...

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Roman wallpainting from the House of the Golden Bracelets, Pompeii (image courtesy of the Telegraph and British Museum)

Gardens of Pompeii as Roman Legacy

Roman wallpainting from the House of the Golden Bracelets, Pompeii (Image courtesy of The Telegraph and British Museum) By Cher Stone Beall – Gardens are a vital part of urban Pompeii as perhaps the best known Roman city. From a distance...

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Rembrandt, Bathsheba Reading David's Letter, 1654, Louvre (courtesy of the Louvre, image in public domain)

Bathsheba: Rembrandt’s Confession

Detail of Rembrandt, Bathsheba Reading David’s Letter, 1654, Louvre (courtesy of the Louvre, image in public domain)   Patrick Hunt –  1  “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with...

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Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard Pass, Jacque-Louis David, 1801, Belvedere Gallery, Vienna

Napoleon Superstar

Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard Pass, Jacque-Louis David, 1801, Belvedere Gallery, Vienna by Andrea M. Gáldy, with Stefanie Fricke,  Sabrina Kessler, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard  War and Peace Bayerische Landesausstellung 2015  „Napoleon...

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Abbey of Ottobeuren, near Memmingen, Bavaria (image courtesy of www.slideshare.net)

Art and Science in Southern Germany: Hidden Gems II

Abbey of Ottobeuren, near Memmingen, Bavaria (image courtesy of www.slideshare.net) By Andrea M. Gáldy – Southern Germany offers more than skiing holidays and the Oktoberfest, nice though they are. Traces of ancient Celtic and Roman settlements...

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Gottfried Franz, "Munchausen Riding the Cannon Ball" circa 1896  (image public domain)

A New Baron Munchausen

By P. F. Sommerfeldt –  That far-fetched frolic of the rogue librarian Raspe, Adventures of Baron Munchausen has entertained many generations of readers since 1785, including the genius Terry Gilliam who made his peerless movie version in 1988, thereby introducing its wiles to modern cinematography, although often faithful to Gustave Doré’s 19th century illustrations. Gilliam is […]

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Roman wallpainting from the House of the Golden Bracelets, Pompeii (image courtesy of the Telegraph and British Museum)

Gardens of Pompeii as Roman Legacy

By Cher Stone Beall – Gardens are a vital part of urban Pompeii as perhaps the best known Roman city. From a distance the location of some of the gardens in Pompeii must have revealed themselves with treetops rising above walls encircling them. The gardens of Pompeii were spread throughout the ancient city, not unlike […]

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Rembrandt, Bathsheba Reading David's Letter, 1654, Louvre (courtesy of the Louvre, image in public domain)

Bathsheba: Rembrandt’s Confession

  Patrick Hunt –  1  “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.  2  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on […]

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Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard Pass, Jacque-Louis David, 1801, Belvedere Gallery, Vienna

Napoleon Superstar

by Andrea M. Gáldy, with Stefanie Fricke,  Sabrina Kessler, Felicitas Meifert-Menhard  War and Peace Bayerische Landesausstellung 2015  „Napoleon und Bayern“ 
 Ingolstadt Neues Schloss, Bayerisches Armeemuseum, 
Paradeplatz 4, 85049 Ingolstadt [Bavaria,Germany] 
30 April to 31. October 2015, every day 9.00 am to 6.00 pm Organisers: 
Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte (www.hdbg.de/napoleon/), Bayerisches Armeemuseum (http://www.armeemuseum.de/de/ausstellungen/sonderausstellungen/62-ausstellungen/sonderausstellungen/beschreibung-sonderausstellung/707-2015-napoleon-ausfuehrlich.html) and the city […]

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Abbey of Ottobeuren, near Memmingen, Bavaria (image courtesy of www.slideshare.net)

Art and Science in Southern Germany: Hidden Gems II

By Andrea M. Gáldy – Southern Germany offers more than skiing holidays and the Oktoberfest, nice though they are. Traces of ancient Celtic and Roman settlements in the former Province of Raetia can still be admired, while during the mediaeval and early modern period the imperial free cities, bishoprics and monastic foundations acted as seats […]

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Fernand Cormon, Cain, 1880, 400 x 700 cm, Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Cormon’s Cain Flees The Curse

By Patrick Hunt –  Fernand Cormon’s giant 1880 painting almost fills an entire gallery wall at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, not just because it is almost 23 feet long (7 meters) but also because its dramatic starkness directly strikes the viewer in the often-darkened room. The biblical background of Genesis 4:11-12 is alluded in Carmon’s most […]

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Antikythera Mechanism circa 1st c BCE (image in public domain)

The Antikythera Mechanism – Identifying its Place of Origin?

By Douglas McElwain Antikythera Mechanism The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera (just south of the Peloponnesus) between 1900-02. Over a century of study by researchers has determined that it is the remains of a two thousand year old astronomical computer. It is believed that the analog device […]

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Hellenistic or Roman, probably after Lysippos (Greek, c. 365-c. 310 B.C.). Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth
(courtesy of Florence Exhibition)

It’s Raining – Bronzes ! Florence Exhibitions of Ancient Bronze 2015

By Andrea M. Gáldy – Two concurrent complementary exhibitions in Florence in 2015 have been dazzling and hugely aesthetically rewarding: Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World (Palazzo Strozzi, 14 March to 21 June 2015) and Small Great Bronzes. Greek, Roman and Etruscan Masterpieces (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze, 20 March to 21 June […]

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Battle Scene - recolored- on Trajan's Column, Rome (Image Courtesy of National Geographic Media)

War! What Is It Good For? – Book Review

By Jack Martinez –  War! What is it Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots Ian Morris Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 15, 2014) 512 pages In his recent book, War! What is it Good For?, Ian Morris writes, “War has made the planet peaceful and prosperous.” Since its release, […]

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Neilson Hays Library Bangkok (Photo courtesy of the library)

The Architecture of Mario Tamagno and the Neilson Hays Library in Bangkok

By Catherine Clover –  By its definition, the Beaux Arts movement in architecture combined the classical proportions of the Greco–Roman period with the Neo-Classical decorative elements popularized in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Of the many buildings that fall into this category of architecture, two prominent international opera houses come to mind – the Palais […]

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