3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About El Greco’s “The Burial of Count Orgaz”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About El Greco’s “The Burial of Count Orgaz”

In the face of a bank bailout, the only international arena Spain seems to be thriving in right now is the soccer field, but in the late 15th—17th centuries, the country was a world power to be contended with on a grander stage. Under Hapsburg kingship, Spain was the capital of Catholic Christendom and boasted […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Moai of Easter Island

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Moai of Easter Island

We’re commemorating Father’s Day with an exploration of moai, the mighty megalithic sculptures of Easter Island that represent high-ranking ancestors. The tradition of carving moai flourished between 900 and 1500 CE and their seemingly impossible production mystified the first Dutch explorers to reach the island in 1722. Modern experiments have cleared up some of the […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Gauguin’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Gauguin’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?”

Anxious about an impending Eurozone crisis and a tanking economy? Maybe we all should follow the lead of Paul Gauguin, who quit his job as a stockbroker in Paris after the market crashed in 1882 and became a full-time artist. Today, we’re featuring the painting he considered to be his personal masterpiece, “Where Do We […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Known About Chichen Itza

3 Cool Things You Might Not Known About Chichen Itza

This week’s post features the Mayan city of Chichen Itza and was inspired by a great exhibit currently at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico.” It’s on view through July 1st, so check it out if you get a chance! Chichen Itza, […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Eisenstaedt’s “V-J Day in Times Square”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Eisenstaedt’s “V-J Day in Times Square”

To mark Memorial Day, we’re featuring a photograph that is one of the most copied and imitated images of American photojournalism. Alfred Eisenstaedt shot “V-J Day in Times Square,” known also as “Times Square Kiss,” on August 14th, 1945 as ebullient crowds overflowed the streets to celebrate the end of WWII. The picture appeared in […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Sainte Chapelle (1241/3—1248 C.E.)

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Sainte Chapelle (1241/3—1248 C.E.)

Sainte Chapelle, located on the Île de la Cité just minutes from Notre-Dame, is a 13th century Gothic chapel whose claim to fame is a series of stunning stained glass windows. more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Mary Cassatt’s “The Child’s Bath”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Mary Cassatt’s “The Child’s Bath”

We’re honoring Mother’s Day today with a well-known image that captures the tender bond between mother and child. more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Roman Theater of Amman, Jordan

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About the Roman Theater of Amman, Jordan

This week, we’re featuring a summer travel reader request from Fiona, who’s packing her bags for Amman, Jordan.  Thanks for the request, and keep them coming as we head into the estival months. Amman is the capital of modern Jordan, but its history stretches back to the Stone Age. It was named Philadelphia after its […] more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raphael’s “School of Athens”

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About Raphael’s “School of Athens”

This week, ponder Raphael's “School of Athens” to understand why he merits that epithet. Commissioned by Pope Julius II for his private apartments in the Vatican, the famous fresco covers one wall of his personal library and represents philosophy, one of the four main bodies of knowledge. more…
3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About El Anatsui’s Metallic Kente Cloths

3 Cool Things You Might Not Know About El Anatsui’s Metallic Kente Cloths

El Anatsui, an artist and professor who lives in Nigeria, has been creating glittering, fluid sculptures that recall his native Ghana’s traditional kente cloths since the late 1990s. “…Cloth is to the African what monuments are to Westerners,” he once said, and fittingly, his large-scale works create a monumental impact upon viewing.  They can be […] more…
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