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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5 December: Sinterklaas

Here in the Hague, the tension rises (and not just because we have the CCPA Annual General Meeting in Rotterdam tomorrow). According to Dutch tradition, on the evening of December 5,  Sinterklaas is delivering his presents to every child’s home.  Sinterklaas (or more formally Sint Nicolaas ) is a traditional winter holiday figure still celebrated today in  the Netherlands, Belgium and some formerly […]

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Great Union Day in Romania

December 1 marks a national holiday in Romania, celebrating the Great Union Day. This date was created to remember the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom to form The Greater Romania in 1918. Nowadays, The Greater Romania is used only as a historical reference. This large territory existed until 1940 when […]

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Wiki Loves Monuments: We Still Need Your Votes

As the Wiki Loves Monuments contest is drawing to a close, we are highlighting the current top 4 photos from each collection. Hungary & Russia     Spain     Estonia, Romania & Poland     Portugal      Austria     Sweden, Holland, France & Germany     It has been 3 months, 15 countries, a massive 169,000 entries – […]

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The romantic symbolist art of William Blake

“The Imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself” The British poet, painter and printmaker William Blake is considered by many as one of the greatest British artists ever. He was born on 28 November 1757 in London, during a period that neglected both him and his art. It was only years after […]

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Voyage to the Great Unknown Southern Continent

Today we are honouring one of the bravest explorers and sailors in history: Abel Tasman, the Dutch man who was the captain of the first reported European expedition to reach the  island of Tasmania, 40 kilometres south of the Australian continent, on 24 November 1642. During the same voyage he was also the first European to sight […]

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Your votes please!

We are excited to announce that voting is open for the Art Nouveau Category in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition! Wiki Loves Monuments is a photo contest that was organised in over 15 European countries last summer. An impressive number of pictures were uploaded, with over 169,000 entries. Europeana is an official partner and is sponsoring 1 of […]

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International Day for Tolerance

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, of opinion and expression, and that education should promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups”.  Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948   16 November is the International Day for Tolerance. This date was chosen in 1995 by the United […]

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Europeana Postcard Campaign

At the moment, we are running a promotional campaign with the help of our partner network.  Through a teaser video, we informed our partners about the upcoming portal upgrade. We also invited them to order free postcards that they could distribute to the public.  So far, we sent over 35.000 postcards to more than 160 partners across […]

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