Article: Hagia Sophia: Shaken, not stirred

As the February 2023 Turkey earthquake reminded us, there are many irreplaceable cultural treasures in earthquake zones (in addition to the even more precious and irreplaceable humans) around the world. The Hagia Sophia is one such treasure, located in Western Turkey. This article from Nature discusses Hagia Sophia's durability in the face of natural disasters… Continue reading Article: Hagia Sophia: Shaken, not stirred

Article: Italian Renaissance Art: Tempera Painting

Botticelli, The Annuciation, 1485-1492

Even though it's not as famous as oil paint, tempera paint was a very popular medium in the Italian Renaissance. Traditionally made by combining egg with pigment, tempera is a bit more forgiving than watercolor, but much more delicate than oils. For this reason, it has been the medium of chose for many artistic masters… Continue reading Article: Italian Renaissance Art: Tempera Painting

Article: “Self Healing” Concrete May Have Preserved Ancient Roman Structures

Do you ever wonder how ancient Roman concrete buildings still look amazing, while our concrete sidewalks quickly crack? If so, then this article will help answer your questions. The Smithsonian talks about the innovations the Romans included that has allowed a number of their concrete structures to survive through to today. link to "Self Healing"… Continue reading Article: “Self Healing” Concrete May Have Preserved Ancient Roman Structures

Video: Figures in Red: Red-figure technique in ancient vase painting

Greek Red-Figure Pottery

This video from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston presents a fun take on the process the Greeks may have used in making red-figure pottery. If you're interested in pottery or ancient Greece, then you may find this both enjoyable and helpful. link to Figures in Red: Red-figure technique in ancient vase painting

Article: Sean’s Bar Is The Oldest Pub In Ireland, And Possibly The World

Buildings are an integral part of our history, and the older the building is, the more it can tellus about our past. In Ireland, there is a pub that is currently called Sean's Bar, and it is believed that it was first built in 900AD. This article discusses its status as the oldest pub in… Continue reading Article: Sean’s Bar Is The Oldest Pub In Ireland, And Possibly The World

Article: What Ha Chong-Hyun’s Painting Confirmed for Me 

This article from Hyperallergic discusses the art of Ha Chong-Hyun (one of the leading figures of South Korea’s Tansaekhwa Movement). If you've never heard of this movement, this is a great way to get started exploring it. Ha Chong-Hyun showcases art that uses unusual materials (like barbed wire) and paint that is pushed through fabric.… Continue reading Article: What Ha Chong-Hyun’s Painting Confirmed for Me 

Website: Suminagashi: The Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling

Marbling paper or other materials can be fun, but the process can also be surprisingly complex. This website discusses the process and shows many examples. If you’re interested in either marbling or Japanese art in general, this site is a good place to start. link to Suminagashi: The Ancient Art of Japanese Marbling

Article: Painting Pulled from Arizona Garage may be a Jackson Pollack worth $10 million

Be careful when you clean out your garage. That dusty old painting could be worth a lot of money. This article from azcentral.com discusses the possible fortune an Arizona man may have found in his garage. The painting will be going up for auction, so how much it is actually worth remains to be seen.… Continue reading Article: Painting Pulled from Arizona Garage may be a Jackson Pollack worth $10 million

Website: Agatha Christie:The world’s best-selling author of all time

Do you like murder mysteries? Are you interested in detective stories? If the answer to either question is yes, then you may want to check out this site. It provides a lot of great information about Agatha Christie, her works, and her methods. It is a potentially valuable resource for those who want to either… Continue reading Website: Agatha Christie:The world’s best-selling author of all time

Website: THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY

This site provides a solid resource on Greek gods and goddesses, as well as links to Classical literature. If you are interested in ancient Greek religion, are researching a topic, or if your instructor has asked you to write about the Greek gods, then this site may be one you'll want to check out. link… Continue reading Website: THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY

Article: The Great Wave: Anatomy of an Icon

Science and art can come together in surprising ways. This article from the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases how scientific analyses can tell us more about art that has captivated the world. In this case, the art being examined is The Great Wave/Under the Wave off Kanagawa. Also included in this article is a discussion… Continue reading Article: The Great Wave: Anatomy of an Icon

Article: The Kraken: when myth encounters science

Are sea monsters real? Can someone "release the Kraken"? History and literature are filled with a myriad of stories about deadly beasts that sink ships and eat people. This article presents a theory that may explain as least some of the (less deadly and dangerous) stories. link to The Kraken: when myth encounters science

Article: Queen’s own words perhaps best sum up the legacy of her Elizabethan age

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There have been two Elizabethan Ages in British history. The first took place in the 16th Century, and the second ended with the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on September 19, 2022. In this article, Sky News tries to put the most recent Elizabethan age into some kind of context as a great portion of… Continue reading Article: Queen’s own words perhaps best sum up the legacy of her Elizabethan age