June 20, 2017

Rare Images Depicting American Life in the 19th Century

The 1860s in the United States was a time of turmoil and change. The first half of the decade was dominated by the American Civil War, with the later half seeing the country pull itself out from the damage during the Reconstruction. It was also an era of migration, with Lincoln's 1862 Homestead Act encouraging people to move West with the promise of 160 acres of free land.

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June 15, 2017

Art History: The Meaning Behind Michelangelo’s Iconic ‘David’ Statue

Michelangelo's defiant David statue has captivated the world for centuries. Considered one of art history's major masterpieces, the marble sculpture showcases both the artist's skill and the fine art focus that defines the Renaissance. Since its debut in the early 16th century, artists and art connoisseurs alike have admired the piece. Esteemed artist, writer, and historian Giorgio Vasari noted that “no other artwork is equal to it in any respect, with such just proportion, beauty and excellence did Michelangelo finish it.

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June 2, 2017

Rome’s Largest Catacombs with Newly Uncovered Frescoes Will Open to the Public

This month, Rome's largest catacombs will open to the public after an in-depth, years-long restoration project. For the first time in centuries, visitors will be able to descend into the underground cemetery to see a recently rediscovered collection of ancient frescoes. Located in subterranean Domitilla, the catacombs are over 7 miles long and house a labyrinth of over 26,250 tombs.

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May 24, 2017

New Digital Archive Features Over 2 Million Photos from the First 100 Years of Photography

In the age of the Internet, the digitization of historical materials has proven to play a crucial role in the preservation and proliferation of cultural heritage. In addition to major museums and large-scale libraries, archives around the world have adopted this practice. This phenomenon has been made particularly apparent by Europeana Collections, an online platform that has digitized over 53 million “artworks, artifacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe.

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