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A visual history of skyscrapers [infographic]

Where did the structural capability for skyscrapers come from? The 1860s saw the refinement of the Bessamer process, or a steel-making process, now largely superseded, in which carbon, silicon, and other impurities are removed from molten pig iron by oxidation in a blast of air in a special tilting retort, pushing skyscraper construction into unstoppable motion. As steel is stronger and lighter in weight than iron, the use of a steel frame made possible the construction of truly tall buildings. ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Russia, Infographic, Dubai, Burj Khalifa, OBO, Arts & Humanities, Art & Architecture, France New York, Elisha Otis, Obo Architecture, Skyscraper Blog, Skyscraper Infographic, Chicago Home Insurance Building, William Le Baron Jenney

Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus by Simone Martini

A detail on Simone Martini's "Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus" is my entry for "blue" for the #30dayphotochallengeThe post Annunciation with St. Margaret and St. Ansanus by Simone Martini appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Photography, Spring, Florence, Blue, Tuscany, St Margaret, Museums and Exhibits, Art & Architecture, Simone Martini, Italogram, Spring Photo Challenge, Florence & Tuscany, 30dayphotochallenge

A ‘Corrected’ Caravaggio for the Current Crisis

Italian musician Salmo discusses Caravaggio while in quarantine and creates a cool work of art in the process.The post A ‘Corrected’ Caravaggio for the Current Crisis appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Art, Music, Modern Art, Caravaggio, Art & Architecture, Salmo, Culture & Living, Coronavirus

Milan’s Middle Finger

Maurizio Catellan's L.O.V.E., a provocative sculpture in front of the Milan Stock Exchange, is more than an irreverent gesture.
Tags: Travel, Art, Milan, Modern Art, Destinations, Arts And Culture, Milan stock exchange, Art & Architecture, Milan & Lombardy, Maurizio Catellan

Making Shakespeare A Classic

Despite his foundational status in today’s academy, William Shakespeare was not particularly welcome in the early modern English universities. In the 1570s and 1580s, just as the commercial playhouses were gaining steam in London, the authorities of both Oxford and Cambridge Universities enacted statutes banning “common stage players” from performing within university precincts. Chancellors lacked the jurisdiction to prevent theatrical performances in the university towns, and we know that perfo...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Oxford, Cambridge, Literature, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Richard III, King, Wall, Venus, Romeo, Adonis, Juliet

Raphael: Where to See His Works in Italy

Only 37 when he died in 1520, Raphael was one of the most influential artists of his day.
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Milan, Featured, Rome, Italy, Raphael, Vatican City, Florence, Bologna, Tuscany, Arts And Culture, Brescia, Urbino, Bergamo

How pictures can lie

On 9 August 1997, The Mirror printed an edited photo of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Dodi Fayed on its front page. The edited photo shows Diana and Fayed facing each other and about to kiss, although the unedited photo reveals that at that point Fayed was facing an entirely different direction. Did The Mirror lie to its readers?There is a broad understanding of lie on which the answer must be yes. On this understanding, most insincere acts can count as a lie. For example, I would count as lying...
Tags: Books, Featured, Media, Wales, Philosophy, Journals, Diana, Anne, Bert, Diana Princess, Arts & Humanities, Aesthetics, Pixabay, Art & Architecture, Fayed, Philosophy Of Art

Bernini: The Baroque Artist Whose Designs Define Rome

Get to know the works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the Baroque artist whose works are some of the most famous pieces of art in Rome.
Tags: Travel, Art, Rome, Vatican City, Arts And Culture, Fountains, Bernini, Galleria Borghese, Art & Architecture, Villa Borghese, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's Basilica, Rome & Lazio

Ten Facts about World Peace

The United Nations’ International Day of Peace is celebrated on 21 September each year, marking efforts to bring the world closer to a state of harmony and further away from violence. Here are some surprising facts about peace and the quest to achieve it:1. Peace is more common than we think.Through the course of human history, most societies have enjoyed peace, most of the time. In fact, some societies have avoided war altogether or for very long periods. One study found that a tenth of societi...
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Leonardo da Vinci: Where to See His Works in Italy

Leonardo da Vinci, the original Renaissance Man, was born in Italy more than 500 years ago. Yet despite being one of the best known of Italian names, following his trail in Italy is not so simple. For example, his Mona Lisa, arguably the most famous painting in the world, is in the Louvre in Paris.…  Leonardo da Vinci: Where to See His Works in Italy The post Leonardo da Vinci: Where to See His Works in Italy appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, Milan, Featured, Rome, Paris, Italy, Vatican City, Venice, Florence, Turin, Tuscany, Louvre, Arts And Culture, Leonardo da Vinci

9 forgotten facts about Leonardo da Vinci

For over 500 years, the masterworks of Leonardo da Vinci have awed artists, connoisseurs, and laypeople alike. Often considered the first High Renaissance artist, Leonardo worked extensively in Florence, Milan, and Rome before ending his career in France, and his techniques and writings influenced artists and thinkers for centuries after his death.Today, to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, here are nine surprising facts about his work:In a letter to Ludovico Sforza, ruler o...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Music, Milan, London, Featured, France, History, Rome, Paris, Oil Painting, National Gallery, Madrid, Louvre, Mona Lisa

Notre-Dame, a work in progress

At dusk on Monday, April 15th, just in time for the evening news, the world was treated to the horrendous spectacle of uncontrollable flames licking the roof of Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. The fire spread from a scaffold that had been installed six months earlier for restorations, completely consuming the timber roof with its lead covering and turning the majestic steeple into a tinder box that came crashing down at the church’s crossing. Some observers were quick to compare this dramatic dis...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Featured, France, Religion, History, Architecture, Current Events, Paris, World Trade Center, Notre Dame, Napoleon, Renovations, Emmanuel Macron, Hugo

Reconsidering the period room as a museum-made object

For those of us used to visiting historical houses and encyclopedic museums, the word “period room” will sound familiar. A period room is a display combining architectural components, pieces of furniture, and decorative objects organized to evoke—and in some rare cases recreate—an interior, very often domestic and dating from a past era.Period rooms were widespread among European museums during the last decades of the nineteenth century, and became popular in North American institutions in the e...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Featured, History, Art History, Arts & Humanities, History Museum, Pixabay, Art & Architecture, History of art, Art Museums, Paul Ricoeur, Art Spaces, JDH, European Art

Is there room for creative imagination in science?

Not just once, but repeatedly, I have heard something like “I just didn’t see in science any room for my own imagination or creativity,” from young students clearly able to succeed at any subject they set their minds to. It is a tragedy that so many people do not perceive science as a creative. Yet it doesn’t take an Einstein to observe that without that essential creative first step of re-imagining what might be going on behind a natural phenomenon, there can be no science at all.Einstein had s...
Tags: Art, Books, Astronomy, Music, Featured, Biology, Painting, Creativity, Chemistry, Physics, Philosophy, Albert Einstein, Mathematics, Einstein, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas

Rediscovering Francesco de’ Medici’s private Renaissance room

Between 1570 and 1575, Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, commissioned a private studiolo – a small room – in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. Four centuries later, a discovery in the archive changes our understanding of one the last great Renaissance studies.Francesco’s studiolo was a jewel box-like space decorated with over 40 works of art and featuring built-in cabinets displaying the Grand Duke’s collection of art and natural specimens. A sumptuously decorated cabinet of curiosities, ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, History, Journals, Florence, Duke, Christ, Tuscany, Art History, Art Collections, Florence Italy, Francesco, Cappella dei Principi, Palazzo Vecchio, Arts & Humanities

Photography and sex in Amos Badertscher’s Baltimore

The Baltimore photographer Amos Badertscher has been cataloguing queer lives in his city since the 1960s: male sex workers and their girlfriends, the 1990s Baltimore and Washington club culture, transgender people, crack and heroin addiction, and the impact of AIDS. His is the largest extant photographic record of the short lives of hustlers (male sex workers) that I know of. Though he could by no means be described as famous, Badertscher enjoyed a brief period of academic notice with the public...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, New York, Featured, Washington, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Nikon, New York Public Library, Baltimore, Amos, 1990s, History Center, University of Chicago Library

Philosopher of The Month: William James (timeline)

This January the OUP Philosophy team honours the American psychologist and philosopher William James (1842-1910) as their Philosopher of the Month. James is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of modern psychology.James was born into a wealthy New York family in 1841, the son of a Swedenborg theologian, and the brother of the famous novelist, Henry James. He received a private education at home, and with the family made frequent trips to Europe. At the age of 18 he begu...
Tags: Europe, Books, New York, Featured, Religion, America, Harvard, Vienna, Harvard University, Philosophy, Journals, James Joyce, Sigmund Freud, James, Potm, William James

Cervical cancer and the story-telling cloth in Mali

Around the world, the arts are being used within communities to address local needs. For such projects to be most effective, program participants must: ensure that their program goals are locally-defined; research which art forms, content, and events might best feed into their program goals; develop artistic products that address their goals; and evaluate these products to ensure their efficacy. The work of the Global Alliance to Immunize Against AIDS Vaccine Foundation in Mali offers one exampl...
Tags: Books, Music, Featured, Africa, United States, Healthcare, Mali, Bill, Health & Medicine, Cervical Cancer, Melinda Gates Foundation, Bamako Mali, Art & Architecture, Ethnomusicology, A Guide For Working With Communities, Eliza Squibb

Improvising with light: Nova Express psychedelic light show

Paul Brown is best known for his work as an artist creating visual art that uses self-generating computational processes. Yet before Paul started creating art with computers, he worked with Nova Express, one of the main psychedelic light shows performing in Manchester and the North of England during the 1960s and early 1970s. Nova Express had been founded by artist Jim MacRitchie and they were later joined by Les Parker. They played with groups such as Pink Floyd, The Who, The Nice, Canned Heat,...
Tags: Books, Music, England, Featured, Manchester, Computer Art, Covent Garden, Les, Brown, PAUL, Jim, Paul Brown, Arts & Humanities, Images & Slideshows, Digital Art, Art & Architecture

Why is it so difficult to throw away fetuses?

It has been five years since I started my research on anatomy in 19th century Belgium, but I remember my first visit to an anatomical collection like it was yesterday. It was the beginning of autumn and the temperature was cool enough to cause a slight numbness in my hands. I was not yet used to the piercing smell of alcohol and formaldehyde; a smell that soaked into my clothes and skin, and that I immediately associated with death. Most of all I remember the fetuses. Dozens of jars of human fet...
Tags: Books, Featured, Museums, Cambridge, Belgium, Kolkata, Art History, Susan Lawrence, Arts & Humanities, Art & Architecture, Lynn Morgan, Fetus, Naive, Art Museums, JHC, Human Remains

The ‘New Woman’ & American literature

In the late 19th and early 20th-century America, a new image of womanhood emerged that began to shape public views and understandings of women’s role in society. With the suffrage and labor movements, the “new woman” emerged. These modern women were attending colleges, rejecting domesticity, asserting themselves politically in public, and becoming a part of the cultural landscape through literature. As the 12th century progresses, the voices of women pushed for more self-discovery and freedom fr...
Tags: Books, Featured, New York City, America, History, Feminism, House, Literature, Connor, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, Morrison, American History

Re-thinking post-war theatre architecture

The official opening on 14 June 2018 by the Queen and Duchess of Sussex of Chester’s new cultural ‘hub’, Storyhouse, offers a timely moment to consider the theatre as a building type. Storyhouse is an interesting re-thinking of what an Arts building can be. It combines a theatre, cinema, library, and café, in an attempt to break down boundaries between artistic and institutional structures. These facilities are housed within a 1930s former Odeon cinema, which has been significantly reworked and ...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Scotland, Theatre, History, Britain, Labour, Dundee, British, Plymouth, Harold Wilson, 1940s, Chester, Great Britain, Odeon

Multiple inheritances: how the art of Romare Bearden reflects 21st century identities

On his way to becoming a successful artist, Romare Bearden was a promising varsity baseball player at Boston University, who occasionally played for The Boston Tigers, a Negro League team. Once during his student years, major league talent scouters tried to persuade him to try out for a professional team. He turned down their offer. Playing professional ball would require him to pass for white. A staunch race man in the 1930s, in a pre-Jackie Robinson world, the future artist was not willing to ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Congress, France, Collage, America, Turkey, History, Noah, Culture, Heritage, Sociology, Language, Cameroon, World Cup, 2018 World Cup

Women artists in conversation: Tiff Massey Q&A [Part II]

Tiff Massey is a young artist whose work ranges from wearable sculpture to large-scale public interventions. In the first of this two-part interview, Massey spoke with Benezit Dictionary of Art editor Kathy Battista about her work as well as her vision for bringing art education to underserved areas of Detroit. In the second part of the interview, Massey speaks about her influences and beginnings as an artist. You can read the first part of the interview here. Kathy: Who were the artists who bec...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, America, Sculpture, Detroit, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Q&a, MASSEY, Jacob, Eastern Michigan University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Faith Ringgold, Arts & Humanities, Online products

Women artists in conversation: Tiff Massey Q&A [Part I]

Tiff Massey is a young artist whose work ranges from wearable sculpture to large-scale public interventions. She is the first African-American woman to graduate from Cranbrook Academy of Art’s MFA in Metalsmithing. She cites her influences as ranging from 1980s hip-hop culture and her hometown of Detroit to African art and Japanese fashion. Her work often implicates the viewer or wearer, incorporating them into dialogues about space, as well as racial and gender politics. Massey is a 2015 Kresge...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, Architecture, Sculpture, Michigan, John, Detroit, Contemporary Art, Modern Art, Knight Foundation, MASSEY, MFA, James L Knight Foundation, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Volterra

Securing the future of the Male Voice Choir

During a ‘question and answer’ session at a recent music convention, four contemporary composers of choral music faced a plethora of musicians from all types of backgrounds and traditions. Amongst a selection of interesting and searching questions asked, one brought an eerie silence to the room. The question was: ‘Would you consider writing for a male choir?’ The reaction of the panel was fascinating. Two of the composers looked confused and bemused, and didn’t respond. One of the composers resp...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, Featured, Tradition, Choral, Choral Society, Art & Architecture, Traditional Music, Contemporary Music, Edward-rhys Harry, For the Beauty of the Earth, London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Voice Choir

From early photography to the Instagram age

In our contemporary moment, as our digital spaces are saturated with feeds and streams of images, it’s clearer than ever that photography is a medium poised between arresting singularity and ambiguous plurality. Art historians have conventionally focused on the singularity of the photograph and its instant of capture. But the digital turn has prompted many scholars—myself included—to reconsider photography in its many serialized incarnations. Whether for artistic or scientific purposes, the phot...
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Sustainable libraries: a community effort

Sustainability in the 21st century takes various—often inventive—forms. Several industries are making changes to the physical structures of their business in order to be more environmentally conscious. One such industry is quickly becoming a global leader in this initiative: libraries. Some libraries are constructed entirely from recycled materials, such as the Microlibrary Bima in Indonesia, built with upcycled, used ice cream buckets. Others fit into the landscape itself, like the TU Delft Lib...
Tags: Books, Design, Featured, Indonesia, Sustainability, Netherlands, Libraries, Environmental Sustainability, Young, Earth Day, Library Design, Vancouver Washington, LEED, Arts & Humanities, Online products, Earth & Life Sciences

Women artists in conversation: Zoe Buckman [Q&A]

Zoe Buckman is a young artist and activist whose work in sculpture, photography, embroidery, and installation explores issues of feminism, mortality, and equality. She was born in London in 1985 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Buckman was a featured artist at Pulse Projects New York 2014 and Miami 2016, and was included in the curated Soundscape Park at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016. Her new public work, Champ, produced in collaboration with the Art Production Fund, is located on the cor...
Tags: Books, UK, New York, Hollywood, London, Featured, La, US, Feminism, NHS, Miami, Modern Art, Gavlak Gallery, Brooklyn New York, Kathy, Sunset Boulevard

The unexpected role of nature at Amiens Cathedral [slideshow]

Medieval church designers drew on nature in surprising and innovative ways. Organic forms appear in unexpected places, framing the portals that provide access to sanctified spaces, punctuating interior walls and supports, and hanging from the vaults that soar above the beholder. These foliate sculptures are often characterized as mere ornamentation, devoid of meaning or purpose. However, the Gothic cathedral of Amiens (1220-1269) in northern France suggests that designers used plant motifs strat...
Tags: Art, Books, Featured, France, David, Nature, Architecture, Cathedral, Sculpture, John, Christ, Michael, Virgin Mary, Amiens, Arts & Humanities, Art & Architecture