Month: July 2011

Now, brush your teeth!

New content on Europeana includes these charming advisory illustrations which warn people to get plenty of fresh air, brush their teeth and eat healthily to help ward off tuberculosis. These postcards are from the Východočeské muzeum v Pardubicích in the Czech Republic. They are the work of Czech painter Marie Fischerová Kvěchová, who now has […]

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Culture Capitals

Our intern Lauri Pouta­nen from Fin­land writes about culture capitals The vast dimensions of European culture cannot be captured with a quick glance. In fact the European Union (formerly the European Community) has since 1985 dedicated a calendar year to a European city or cities to promote Europe’s immense cultural assets. Previous European Capitals of Culture […]

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Girl with a pearl earring – our users’ favourite

She is still leading Europeana’s top ten. For months already, Girl with a pearl earring by Johannes Vermeer has been one of the most viewed objects on Europeana. What is it about this painting that fascinates the viewers? “It must have something to do with the fact that the girl looks over her shoulder, as […]

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One giant leap – This week in history

18 July – Bulgarian revolutionary Vasil Levski was born in 1873. Read Levski’s Ordinance, where he sets out the main principles of a democratic society and calls for the liberation of the Bulgarian people. 19 July – French impressionist Edgar Degas, most famous for his masterful depiction of human movement, was born in Paris in […]

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Bastille Day

Happy National Day to France! Bastille Day or Fête Nationale, commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération,  held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison on July14th 1789, which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The original Fête de la Fédération at the Champ de Mars featured a giant feast , as well as […]

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Multilinguality

As you might expect, the Europeana office is a very international environment  where you can find Dutch, English, French, German, Danish, Russian, Bulgarian, Canadian, American, Austrian, Australian, Finnish, Russian, Czech, Greek, Kyrgyzstani, Swedish and Italian workers. The majority of Europeana employees can speak at least two languages, many can speak 3, and a few of […]

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This week in history

Find out what happened on… July 11 – French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet in 1801 July 11 – Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto obtained the first cultured pearl in 1893. July 12 or 13 – Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar was born in 100 B.C. July 14 – Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was […]

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World War I nursery rhymes

If the English could only guess That they also cannot expect great happiness They will want to return to peace Scared of our power, they will breathless run, From the German gun. Written and illustrated by the Koepke siblings in September 1914, these remarkable nursery rhymes take a different perspective on war – war in […]

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Historical banknotes – indicators of change

Our intern Lauri Pouta­nen from Fin­land writes about historical banknotes How much thought do you give to the money in your wallet, and in particular, the banknotes?  Banknotes can offer interesting insights to history.  They indicate changes in power structure and economic shifts, shed light to fluctuations in arts and fashion and also reveal fundamental […]

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