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Dutch pottery, tulips, British royalty and an Australian gallery

Early in the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company really did have a vigorous trade with the East and imported beautiful and very expensive Chinese porcelain. Of course only the richest of the rich could afford the early imports.The Dutch potters did not know about kaolin and could not create porcelain themselves. Show More Summary

Boer War - anti German sentiment in Australia

Your Brisbane tells a sorry tale. Karl Ernst Eschenhagen (born 1850) was a baker who emigrated from Germany in the 1880s and established one of Brisbane's best hospitality businesses. He started in a George St bakery, opened branches in Edward St and Fortitude Valley and lastly opened a Queen St restaurant that could seat 500 diners. Show More Summary

British ex-servicemen fight against Fascism - at home!

In this blog I have discussed the Fascists’ activities in Britain in the 1930s, in particular their infamous battle against London’s East Enders in Cable St in 1936. And I would have expected that Fascism could not continue at home, once Britain, France and their allies declared war against Germany. Show More Summary

Royal Family with a Selfie by Velazquez

Velazquez is painting a portrait of King Philip IV and his wife, Mariana of Austria. They are posing outside the painting, standing where we stand. We see what they see. We know it’s them because of that blurry reflection in … Continue reading ?

How Paul Strand Photographed the “People’s History”

When Howard Zinn first published A People's History of the United States in 1980, he hoped to start a “quiet revolution” in the way people viewed history. By giving voice to the voiceless relegated to the wings of history while major players dominated the stage, Zinn wrote history in a wholly new, revolutionary way. Show More Summary

Kelvingrove, Glasgow and Whitney, New York - two impressive exhibitions

How Glasgow Flourished 1714-1837 was an exhibition that charted the rise of Glasgow from King George I until the start of Queen Vic­tor­ia’s reign. This was a very significant period in Glasgow’s history, a time of dramatic expansion in Glasgow’s boundaries and ambitions.? Glasgow was above all a trading city. Show More Summary

How Turner Loved Painting, So He Set It Free

“If you love someone,” pop star Sting sang years ago, “set them free.” Sometimes the first rule of love is forgetting all the rules that constrain the object of one’s affection, while trusting that the beloved will return on their own. Show More Summary

Which Should You Choose? Google Glass or the Apple iWatch?

Technological revolution is pretty fast nowadays. New gadgets and devices get released in a blink of an eye. What’s considered as an updated device yesterday can become obsolete in just a few years. Two companies have made magnificent leaps in trying to change technology. Show More Summary

Romantic Knight

The Princess (1911) by Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952). Christy was an American artist and illustrator famous for the "Christy Girl", he published published in Scribner's and Harper's magazines and in Collier's Weekly.

Kind of Harem Painting

Brenn and His Share of the Spoils (1893) by the French painter Paul Jamin (1853-1903). Jamin depicts here the Gallic chieftain who sacked Rome probably in 387 BC in the popular manner of an Orientalistic harem painting. So it's in the end more the modern French going to a luxury brothel.

Modern Australian architecture in the tropics - going green

This post was inspired in the first place by the Australian Govern­ment’s own history of modern resid­ent­ial architecture. They noted that architects and builders had to make new and old buildings environmentally friendly and sustainable. Show More Summary

The Boy Jesus Astounding the Learned Rabbis by Veronese

“…[His parents] found [the twelve-year-old Jesus] in the temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them, and asking them questions, and all those who heard him were astounded at his intelligence and his replies.” Luke: 2, 46 A stir in … Continue reading ?

Heroic Waterloo

Waterlo, 18. Juni 1815 (1898) by the British painter William Holmes Sullivan (1870-1898). Another of these stupid heroic battle paintings. Here the English cavalry gas conquered a French flag.

Swarovski crystals and the Czech city of Jablonec

I might be the only blogger in the southern hemisphere who can pinpoint the Czech city of Jablonec with total accuracy. My Czech parents-in-law were liberated in 1945 and moved to Jablonec to work.In the 18th century, the first glass jewellery was produced in Jablonec and exported, spreading the town's name throughout Eur­ope. Show More Summary

Being Led On In A Relationship

Are you being led on by your partner? Do you like it? Well, most people don’t like being bossed around and telling them what to do for most of the time. That’s a sad reality even for partners in a relationship especially those who take so much pride in themselves. Show More Summary

Is Indiana Jones Better as a Silent Movie?

It’s one of the most unforgettable opening acts of any 20 th century film. In the midst of a dense jungle, a mercenary pulls a gun on the man paying the bills in the search for buried treasure, hoping to pull a double-cross now that the payoff is near. Show More Summary

Was Paul Rosenberg the most influential interwar French art collector-dealer?

Many foreign artists had settled in France after 1900 and more galleries took the risk of exhibiting their works. So perhaps it was not surprising that most of the truly famous art collectors and dealers in Paris had been born and raised in Germany, or still had their fathers’ and grandfathers’ German surnames. Show More Summary

Michelangelo Meets Titian

Titian was one of the most famous painters of the Renaissance.  He and Michelangelo  were contemporaries but their conceptions of painting had little in common. They met once.  Giorgio Vasari arranged the meeting. Titian ((1490–1576) by himself, in the  Prado … Continue reading ?

Defeated Enemies

They Fell into Captivity (1885) by the Russian painter Bogdan Pavlovich Willewalde (1819-1903). Some French prisoners of Napoleon's terrific Grande Armée are conducted by a single Cossack. The painter contrasts the superb French uniforms with the simple outfit of the Cossack.

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