October 8, 2021

Learn How to Draw Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants With These Books

At times when you don't know what to draw, nature is often the best muse. However, if you're not familiar with how to draw trees or flowers, plants can be daunting to approach. Luckily, you don't need a drawing class to get started. You can just as easily take charge of your creative journey by picking up an educational how-to-draw book.

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September 16, 2021

Never-Before-Seen Photos of Frida Kahlo’s ‘Casa Azul’ Revealed in Comprehensive New Book

Nestled among the pages of Luis-Martín Lozano’s book Frida Kahlo: The Complete Paintings is a look at the artist’s home known as La Casa Azul. This legendary Mexico City abode was not just a place where Kahlo laid her head at night; it was the essence of her. She was born there, grew up, and returned to Casa Azul a person famous for her art and in a broken marriage to muralist Diego Rivera.

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August 16, 2021

This Supermarket-Turned-Library Has Aisles and Freezers Stocked With Books

For those visiting the Merchants’ Square supermarket in Carmel, Indiana, they might be surprised to find that the shelves aren’t stocked with groceries. Instead, the aisles are lined with books. The former food store was recently taken over by Carmel Clay Public Library, which transformed the vacant space into a temporary home for its literary collection. “What's better than pork & beans?,” Carmel Clay Public Library ask in an Instagram post.

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July 24, 2021

Ornate Renaissance-Era Book Helped Royalty Cast Horoscopes in the 16th Century

It's 1540 and you'd like to cast a horoscope. If you are the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, you might turn to the Astronomicum Caesareum, or the Emperor's Astronomy. This richly illuminated manuscript is a stunning example of early printing and astronomical inquiry. The rich scientific tome was authored by court astronomer Petrus Apianus and published in May 1540.

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