Wed, 23rd of April


Shakespeare 450

Today is widely believed to be the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, who was baptised this week in 1564.

CLICK HERE for a look back at life and legacy of The Bard, the most celebrated author in the English language.

The Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), c1610. Private Collection. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images

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Wed, 23rd of April


The Sunken City of Baia - Baia, Italy

In its heyday, the Classical Roman city of Baia was the hedonist Las Vegas of the time, but now its remains are partying beneath the waves.

A prominent resort city for centuries, Baia catered to the recreational whims of the rich and powerful among the Roman elite. The city, which was located over natural volcanic vents, was famous for its healing medicinal hot springs which occurred all around the city and were quite easy to build spas over. Some of antiquity’s most powerful figures such as Nero, Cicero, and Caesar were known to have visited the city and a number of them actually built permanent vacation villas there.

Unfortunately the good times were not to last and the city was sacked by Saracens in the 8th century and by 1500, the remains of the formerly luxurious town were abandoned. After the city remains were emptied, the water level slowly rose due to the same volcanic vents that were once a draw to the area, and most of the ancient ruins were drowned under the shallow waters of the bay.

Today the ancient remains of Baia can be visited in one of the world’s few underwater archeological parks.

Plan a visit to The Sunken City of Baia on Atlas Obscura!

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Wed, 23rd of April


Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory)
c. 200 B.C.E.
Musée du Louvre , Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Wed, 23rd of April


Ara Pacis Augustae (Altar of Augustan Peace), July 4, 13 B.C.E. Marble. Museo dell’Ara Pacis, Rome

Wed, 23rd of April


Egyptian Turquoise Glass Inlay of Akhenaten, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty XVIII, c. 1353-1336 BC
The Amarna Period was an era of Egyptian history during the latter half of the Eighteenth Dynasty when the royal residence of the pharaoh and his queen was shifted to Akhetaten (‘Horizon of the Aten’) in what is now Amarna. It was marked by the reign of Amenhotep IV, who changed his name to Akhenaten (1353–1336 BC) in order to reflect the dramatic change of Egypt’s polytheistic religion into one where a sun-god Aten was worshiped over all other gods. Aten was not solely worshipped (the religion was not monotheistic), however, it was close as the rest of the gods were worshipped to a significantly lesser degree. The Egyptian pantheon of the equality of all gods and goddesses was restored under Akhenaten’s successor. Other rulers of this period include Amenhotep III, Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, Tutankhamun, Ay, and Horemheb.
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Wed, 23rd of April


When the Greeks Ruled Egypt

Current In-house Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago

It is an engaging exhibit, curated from the holdings of the Institute. I wish it would have been curated a bit more engagingly, meaning the items seem to jump from medium to medium. There needed to be a bit more historical information as well as explanation of the significance of the finds. For example, the exhibit held a small Hellenistic coin which had a picture of a crocodile. The museum information card focused on the crocodile, but the significance of the coin is the words which accompany the image of the crocodile: Aegyptus Capta. This coin signals the end of the Hellenistic Age in Egypt and the rise of the Roman Empire. It is an important coin, but I think it gets lost in the design choices made by the curator. Nevertheless, a trip to see the exhibit is well worth your time:)

Photos: Mine

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Wed, 23rd of April


Faience and polychrome inlay of Horus 

The falcon of Horus is standing on the hieroglyph for gold, giving the god’s name ‘Horus the Golden’. The details and colours are spectacular. 

Found in Middle Egypt, Hermopolis. 

Late Period or Ptolemaic Period, 4th century BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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Tue, 22nd of April

Nocturne in E flat major, Opus 9 No.2 - Chopin

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Nocturne in E Flat Major | Chopin

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Tue, 22nd of April
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Tue, 22nd of April


something is ROTTEN in the state of DENMARK

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Tue, 22nd of April


Malaceïne Cosmetics illustration by by Gerda Wegener, 1911

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Mon, 21st of April
❝ He always considered death an unavoidable professional hazard. ❞
—   Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez   —
Mon, 21st of April
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Mon, 21st of April

You are addicted to a certain lifestyle… abnormally attracted to dangerous situations and people.

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Mon, 21st of April


Spanish Renaissance Examples

A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method by Sir Banister Fletcher

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