Who created the first film? I must thank Brian Manley who acknowledged many innovators. In Moving Pictures: The History of Early Cinema he wrote that Louis Aimé Le Prince (1841-1890), a French photographer and inventor who had studied under Daguerre, had turned to the idea of motion pictures. Show More Summary
Egon Kisch (1885–1948) was a Jewish Czech whose first language was German. Like all the young men of his generation, he had served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during WWI. If he wasn’t a modernist and a radical before the war, his experiences...Show More Summary
Druids offering human sacrifices by the French artist Alphonse de Neuville (1835-1885). This book illustration was done for Guizot's History of France. Neuville studied under Eugène Delacroix and was one of the most famous illustrators of his time.
The Contemporary Art Society was the central organisation for 9 artists in Melbourne. Set up in 1938 in defence of artistic freedom and to encourage modern art, the Society enabled the artists to exhibit their work. It also provided a forum for the ideas of these young men in their stance against despotic authority. Show More Summary
Pulp cover by the famous American illustrator Robert A. Maguire. The biblical sins are converted into a great spectacle.
Let others debate whether Santa Claus is white or not. There’s no debate that the definitive American Santa is political cartoonist Thomas Nast’s Merry Old Santa Claus (detail shown above) from the New Year’s Day 1881 edition of Harper's Weekly. Show More Summary
Martha the Mayoress by the Russian painter Alexey Kivshenko (1851-1895). Martha the Mayoress, was the widow of Novgorod's mayor. According to legend and historical tradition, she led the republic's struggle against Muscovy between her husband's death and the city's eventual annexation by Ivan III of Russia in 1478. Show More Summary
In 1947 Italian entrepreneur Claudio Alcorso moved to Tasmania to set up Silk and Textiles, a fabric printing factory where some of the textiles were designed by fmous Australian artists like William Dobell and Donald Friend. Claudio was a passionate patron of the arts as well as the father of the wine industry in Tasmania. Show More Summary
Vivian Maier took about 150,000 pictures during her lifetime, but never showed a single one to another living soul. When she died in April 2009, Vivian was remembered as a beloved nanny by the then-grown children who rescued her from homelessness and took care of her in her later years. Show More Summary
Fewer than 14% of American silent films still exist today in complete form according to “The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929,” a recent Library of Congress report by film historian David Pierce. All we know today...Show More Summary
I’ve been following Scott Schuman’s Sartorialist blog for a long time. He is famous for capturing street fashion trends. But, occasionally he’ll include capture images that seemingly nothing to do with fashion; but, which capture a remarkable sense of place. Today, he posted an image of a “young butcher” in Asni, Morocco. Maybe it’s just the [...]
In 1963 I loved the Beatles because my parents did not; I loved Peter Paul and Mary, The Seekers and Mamas and Papas because protest-laden folk songs were very cool, and I adored Edith Piaf.Édith Piaf Gassion (1915 –1963) was born in Paris. Show More Summary
The Death of Josselin by the Italian painter Massimo Taparelli, marquis d'Azeglio (1798-1866). A legendary crusader is dying in a beautiful exotic land. The landscape is pure fantasy only the palm tree indicates that all this is happening somewhere far far away.
Shuffleton’s Barbershop He painted stories Rockwell was the most outstanding illustrator of his time. He had no equal in the selection of evocative details or the skill at rendering them. The big broom for sweeping up the hair clippings, the … Continue reading ?
Ivon Hitchens was born in London in 1893, and had one big advantage over other would-be artists – his father was the landscape artist Alfred Hitchens. By the time World War One had finished, young Ivon had completed his art studies St John's Wood School of Art and at the Royal Academy School in London. Show More Summary
On October 15, 2013, the City Council of Cupertino, California, debated for 6 hours before finally approving Apple’s plans for a new $5 billion USD office headquarters to be built in their city. Apple’s then-CEO Steve Jobs approved architect Norman Foster’s design (shown above) just weeks before his death in 2011. Show More Summary
Salome by the Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571–1610). There's no triumph only the severe contemplation of death.
Jephtah's Daughter (1859-60) by the French painter Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Degas painted only very few mytological or biblical subjests, he was much more interested in everyday life scenes. This painting is one of his early works when he returned from Italy where he was influenced by the great masters of traditional painting.
The last foreign military invasion of the United States (which included the burning of the White House) took place two centuries ago. Half a century ago, a different kind of British Invasion brought us the Beatles and the Stones. This year, America faces yet another foreign invasion on a small scale physically, but on a mammoth scale culturally. Show More Summary
I know a lot about Spanish culture in South America and rather less about the Inca’s Machu Picchu in Peru. But I know nothing about the splendid cultures that PRE-dated the Incas. Now the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra is hosting a major international exhibition, Gold and the Incas: Lost Worlds of Peru, from Dec 2013 until April 2014. Show More Summary