Year: 2011

Henri Matisse

Today, along with the preparations for the New Year’s Eve festivities, we are celebrating the 142nd birthday of one of the most prominent figures in modern art – Henri Matisse. Henri-Émile-Benoît Matisse was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France, on 31 December 1869.  Having studied law and worked in a law office in Paris, Matisse discovered his passion […]

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Stamps

As postcards and letters with season’s greetings as well as packages with Christmas gifts travel across the globe, keeping postal workers especially busy this time of the year, let’s have a look at our selection of postal stamps from around the world:               Explore further the vast collection of stamps on Europeana.

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“Wiki Loves Art Nouveau” Virtual Exhibition

We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever virtual exhibition based on user-generated content. “Wiki Loves Art Nouveau” is an online exhibition made up of 50 images taken by members of Wikimedia Commons, representing some of Europe’s best examples of Art Nouveau architecture. With over 165,000 entries in the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest, the special […]

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Europeana’s 20 millionth item

This autumn, Europeana’s content reached 20 million items, increasing the content ten-fold since its initial launch in 2008. The 20 millionth item is a painting of the Biblical story of David and Goliath painted by the celebrated Caravaggio in 1600-1601. Caravaggio worked predominantly on Christian themes, linking the sacred and the profane by giving his […]

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Season’s Greetings from Europeana

All of us at Europeana would like to wish you a cheerful festive season and a Happy New Year! Thanks for supporting Europeana in 2011 and we hope you continue to explore European culture and heritage with us in 2012. We have some exciting developments coming next year and we are looking forward to sharing […]

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Your Winner: WLM Art Nouveau Category

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Art Nouveau category in the Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition! This picture of the interior of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest by Csaba Attila Kontar is the winning photo, receiving the most votes on Flickr. The photo beat off competition from 343 finalists, all entries were impressive examples […]

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A Day That Shocked the World: the assassination of John Lennon

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world 31 years ago, on the evening of 8 December 1980 John Lennon was fatally wounded by four bullets fired by a mentally disturbed fan outside his apartment in New […]

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The Abstract World of Wassily Kandinsky

“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” Today we are celebrating the colourful, deep and impressive art of one the world’s […]

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