It’s hard to imagine a writer more inventive than Roald Dahl. With his exceptionally original ideas, whimsical style of storytelling, and quirky collection of made-up words, Dahl is among the world’s most treasured children’s authors, well known for works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach. While, as a child, you likely gobbled up a book or two (or 20)
In the early age of photography, portraits of people were few and far between, but they had one thing in...
In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, American morale was at an all-time low.
Birds have long been a source of fascination for artists, but perhaps no artist has had more of an influence on this world than John James Audubon. At the turn of the 19th century, French-born Audubon would make his way to America as an 18-year-old boy. He would then spend his life engrossed with his love of birds to create one of the most epic books of all time, The Birds of America.
When it comes to the performing arts, the theater often takes center stage.
Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (a distant cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt)
No performing art is quite as fascinating as puppetry. Blending all kinds of crafts—from acting and animating to design and doll-making—this unique practice holds a special role in the theater tradition. Since making their grand debut thousands of years ago, puppet productions have popped up in art and culture scenes around the world, making them among the oldest—and most widely celebrated—theatrical renditions in history. Want to learn all about puppetry’s story?
Few writers have captured imaginations like Lewis Carroll.
Considered the “eighth wonder of the world” by many, the Amber Room was an intricately constructed golden-hued masterpiece of contemporary artistry. Designed by German baroque sculptor Andreas Schlüter and constructed by Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram, it became a glorious spectacle whose history is rife with adventure, mystery, and bloodshed. The creation, disappearance, and reconstruction of this remarkably opulent and mysterious location is unlike any other.
Thanks to Italy’s rich history, if you dig a little bit you’re sure to find something special—even in unexpected places.
When it comes to whimsy, consider Dr. Seuss an expert.