History

June 13, 2020

5 “Splendiferous” Facts About the Beloved British Author Roald Dahl

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)

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June 7, 2020

How John James Audubon Completely Changed the Way We Look at ‘Birds of America’

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.

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May 31, 2020

How Puppetry Has Put on a Spectacular Show for Centuries and Continues to Shine

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?

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May 28, 2020

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Opulent ‘Amber Room’ in Russia

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.

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