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Gustav Mahler and the Vienna Court Opera

The Vienna Court Opera was the carefully planned highlight of Gustav Mahler’s career as a conductor. On the 11th of May, 1897 he debuted initially as a chapelmaster with Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin” (with Hermann Winkelmann as Lohengrin and Louise Ehrenstein …





Mars

Is there life on Mars?

Planet from “L’Espace céleste et la nature tropicale…”, The British Library, public domain Today, mankind is reaching further out into space than ever before through our unmanned probes and rovers. This is not a new ambition though – we have …








Trompe-l'oeil-Feature

Seeing is believing: the trick of the trompe l’oeil in art

Battle of Livorno, 14 March 1653, an incident from the First Anglo-Dutch War, anonymous. Rijksmuseum, public domain. At first, the painting above looks like many you’ve seen before. A grand, naval scene with clouds billowing above inflated sails. But hang …