History

November 9, 2018

World’s Oldest Known Figurative Painting Discovered in Remote Area of Borneo

Researchers from Australia’s Griffith University have made stunning discoveries that are changing the way we think about the history of art and the development of early man. Their extensive research into Paleolithic cave art in Borneo, published in Nature, includes dating the world’s oldest figurative painting. Going back as early as 40,000 years ago, these paintings are a breakthrough in understanding how early man left their mark on the world.

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October 31, 2018

The History of Halloween: Exploring the Age-Old Origins of the Enchanting Holiday

For centuries, people young and old have reveled in the fun and frightening festivities of Halloween. Occurring every year on the last day of October, the haunted holiday is a festive way to celebrate the fall season. Though wildly popular today, Halloween is not merely a modern phenomenon. In fact, its roots date back thousands of years. Here, we explore its age-old origins, tracing its history and contextualizing its spellbinding traditions.

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October 8, 2018

Take a Virtual Tour of Every Inch of the New York Public Library’s Incredible Interior

If you love the New York Public Library as much as we do, you’ll enjoy this detailed tour of the building by Architectural Digest. Created in collaboration with the Bryant Park Corporation, the video is a nearly 30-minute view into every nook and cranny of the beloved building. Leading experts take us from the iconic exterior and its famed lion statues through the halls and rooms that house the incredible library collection.

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September 11, 2018

This Golden ‘Peacock Room’ Is a Masterpiece Transported Across the Ocean

Imagine a room so special that it was dismantled, packed into 27 crates, and floated across the ocean. In 1904, that’s just what happened to The Peacock Room—a decorative masterpiece by heralded American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. You might be wondering What makes this room so intriguing that it was floated across the Atlantic from England to America?

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