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Jewish Russian ethnography 1911-1920 by S. Ansky

In The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama, shown on tv by the BBC, there were evocative, informative photos in the Pale of Settlement. I think this tv programme is excellent but unfortunately Schama only gave the photographer's name (S Ansky) and his pro­fession (ethnographer) in passing.Shlayme Rappoport (1863–1920), known by his pen-name S. Show More Summary

Valley Forge

Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge (1907) by the American painter John Ward Dunsmore (1856-1945). The hard winter in Valley Forge one of the great myths of the American War of Independence.

Modern Art in Nazi Germany

Shortly after Adolf Hitler came to power as chancellor in 1933, he commissioned construction of a Munich museum to exhibit what he considered ideal artwork. Its debut exhibition in July 1937 was titled the "Great Germany Art Exhibition"...Show More Summary

Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir

In this blog, I normally only write the history of people I know well, having already admired their books, paintings, architecture or music. Yet my sole contact with Albert Camus came via his friendship with Sartre and de Beauvoir. Thus I am largely dependent on, and grateful to the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy. Show More Summary

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve a 1956 movie directed by Alberto Gout.

Jasper Johns and Art History in the Making

“Regrets, I’ve had a few,” Frank Sinatra warbled in “My Way,” before adding wistfully, “But, then again, too few to mention.” Sinatra sang that song at the end of a long, successful career as a titan turning back and surveying the long road behind him and the shorter one ahead. Show More Summary

The Sad, Strange History of “Degenerate Art”

“Crazy at any price!” read a sign above the modern art masterpieces at the Nazi-sponsored Entartete Kunst (“Degenerate Art,” in English) exhibition in Munich, Germany, in 1937. The fevered brainchild of art-obsessed Adolf Hitler, Entartete...Show More Summary

A lost Faberge treasure, now found

It will come as a surprise to no-one who reads this blog that I love Faberge art objects. Now we hear an amazing story. A London antique dealer says a gold ornament bought by an American scrap-metal dealer has turned out to be a rare Faberge egg!! The clock egg had been purchased at an ordinary antique fair for about $14,000. Show More Summary

Esther before the King

Esther Denouncing Haman by the British painter Ernest Normand (1859-1923). This is an old popular subject in religious art. But Normand painted it like a history or orientalistic painting with the great theatrical gestures which were popular.

The legendary Chelsea Hotel, New York

"I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotelyou were talking so brave and so sweetgiving me head on the unmade bedwhile the limousines wait in the streetThose were the reasons and that was New York we were running for the money and theShow More Summary

Have We Finally Found the Voice of the American Soldier of the Iraqi and Afghan Wars?

After wars end and soldiers come home, it usually takes a while for the war to “come home” to the consciousness of the American people at large. When did the reality of Vietnam really enter the American imagination: in 1975, with the...Show More Summary

1920s fashions - more than just flappers

Fashion in the 1920s was written by Jayne Shrimpton, to be pub­lished by Shire Publications in April 2014. The books says that the 1920s ushered in drastic changes; this happened as fashion abruptly changed from the corseted world of...Show More Summary

Cruel Red

Salome (1899) by the American painter Francis Luis Mora (1874-1940).

Mythical Past

Dolmen in Snow by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). Though it's no history painting history, better the past, is present and the subject.

John Monash - Australia's Greatest Living Citizen 1918-1931

My father, an engineer who studied at Melbourne University in the late 1930s, is 91. I asked him to select his greatest hero and it was a no-brainer: John Monash the engineer.Well before the war, John Monash (1865–1931) graduated from the University of Melbourne: a Master of Engineering in 1893; a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law in 1895. Show More Summary

Famous Painters: Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin (1888-1946), now one of the most renowned African American artists, began painting as physical therapy to recover from an arm injury sustained in World World I. This self-taught artist kept an illustrated journal of his war time experiences that would later inform his artwork. Horace Pippin. Show More Summary

Discovering Korea’s “Hermit Kingdom” Through Its Art

The Joseon Dynasty ruled over Korea for more than half a millennium, stretching from 1392, when horses were still the main means of travel, to 1910, the dawn of the age of flight. Overshadowed (and sometimes invaded) by neighboring China...Show More Summary

Historic Saint

Saint Nicholas of Myra saves three innocents from death (1890) by the Russian realistic painter Ilya Repin (1844-1930). Despite it's kind of a religious painting Repic depicts it like a real history painting with the crresponding costumes and arms.

Marvellous Melbourne and temperance palaces

I have read Home Away From Home: celebrating 125 years of the Victoria Hotel (2007) by Katherine Sheedy. Marvellous Melbourne had gone through a period of amazing growth, based in significant part on the gold discovered in central Victoria in the early 1850s. Show More Summary

The arrogance of wealth - no justice in a USA court

Aspiring singer Blanche Chesebrough had talent and beauty, but no money, so marriage to handsome Roland Molineux might have solved her problems. Son of a politically powerful New York family, Roland enjoyed a wealthy bachelor's life: rooming at an exclusive club, yachting in Bar Harbour, partying with America's rich and famous. Show More Summary

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