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Moses’s great boondoggle, continued: the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair [Part II].

Part I of my article on the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair ran last night; the link is here. Just like the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, the sequel in … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 25: Japanese townsman statue.

  Not much is known about this statue of a retired townsman, which was created in Japan sometime during the late 17th or early 18th century. It’s about 17 inches … Continue reading

April 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Apocalypse Chapel, St. Egid, Klagenfurt, Austria.

  This is a bizarre place that only a full spherical panorama can do justice. The paintings that adorn every square inch of the interior of the “Apocalypse Chapel,” actually … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 21: the Benin Bronzes.

The Benin Bronzes are not one object, but many. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Benin Empire, a powerful kingdom of the Edo tribe, held sway over a portion … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

America’s Paris: the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.

This is the fifth article in my 1920s Week series. New York City has been lively at any time during its 400-year history, but in the 1920s the epicenter of … Continue reading

March 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK.

Norwich Cathedral, located in Norwich, England, is so amazing and impressive that I can’t believe it isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Maybe it will become one in the future). … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 20: The Aztec Sun Stone.

Most people who have seen an image of the object pictured above think of it as the “Aztec calendar stone.” In fact it’s probably not a calendar, and is more … Continue reading

March 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: Strahov Monastery Theological Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.

Borges once said that if Heaven exists, it must be some kind of library. Perhaps it looks like this one–the Theological Hall, also called the Theological Library, located at Strahov … Continue reading

March 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 19: “Christ the Redeemer” by Andrei Rublev.

This magnificent Russian Orthodox icon depicting Christ as “the Redeemer” is one of the great European works of art of the 15th century. It was painted probably in the 1420s … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Beatrice Wood: The real Rose of the Titanic

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 3rd of March 1893, the American artist and studio potter, Beatrice Wood, was born in San Francisco, California. Her…

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment
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