Month: October 2011

The Art and Life of Johannes Vermeer

It’s hard to believe that for two centuries Johannes Vermeer, whose painting Girl with a pearl earring is among the most famous art works in the world, was barely mentioned in any of the resources on 17th-century Dutch painting. He was rediscovered only in the 19th century, after Gustav Friedrich Waagen and Théophile Thoré-Bürger published […]

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Audiovisual Heritage: See, Hear and Learn

EUscreen, the project that will make Europe’s television heritage available on Europeana, has recently launched its portal. This was timed for the 5th anniversary of the World Day of Audiovisual Heritage celebrated yesterday, 27 October. With the rapid ageing of films, sound recordings and television material, these invaluable resources are frequently lost due to neglect, deterioration […]

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The history of Amsterdam in paintings

Starting as a fishing village along the banks of the river Amstel in the 13th century, Amsterdam soon developed into an important commercial and cultural city in Europe. Its traditional founding dates back to 27 October 1275, when Count Floris of Holland granted inhabitants of Aemstelledamme (translated as “dam on the Amstel”) an exemption from […]

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Pablo Picasso

Celebrating Pablo Picasso’s 130th birthday, we’ll take a look at the masterpieces from different periods in his work. Strongly adhering to his own principle that “to copy oneself is pathetic”, Picasso constantly experimented with styles, creating about 50,000 works that differed not only in style, but also type, technique and use of palette. If you […]

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Art of the First World War

Whether expressed in the bold strokes, the use of colour, or brutal reality of the depicted scenes, the First World War had tremendously shaped art across Europe. Many works of that period reflect the atrocities of war, providing a vivid account of human tragedy. Here are some remarkable examples:

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Europe’s many celebrities

With the recently added collections, you can now explore over 20 million items on Europeana. One of its new collections from Kulturpool gives you a glimpse of Europe’s many renowned celebrities. Just to name a few: Greta Garbo – a Swedish actress who was named the most beautiful woman by the Guinness World Records. Annabella […]

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Venice and famous Venetians

On this day in 1866, after Austria lost control of Venice, the city was ceded to the newly created United Kingdom of Italy. Venice is known not only for its splendid beauty, but also for being home to some of the most renowned people in history. According to UNESCO, “[t]he whole city is an extraordinary […]

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The ingenious hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha

Did you know that you can find the very first Spanish edition of Don Quixote on Europeana? This book is precious not only for its considerable age, but also because it still holds the printing errors and mistakes that were corrected in later editions. “It was carelessly done – typographic, punctuation and foliation errors abound. […]

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Europeana Remix: Making of the Film

Luisa Arndt, a young woman around whom the storyline of Europeana Remix evolves, shares her experience from the film shoot: “I was excited to take part in the project, to meet new people and to visit the different locations of the shoots, such as Oxford, Bermingham and St. Omer.” “Right from the beginning we were […]

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Yves Montand, star of French cinema

Although Yves Montand is considered one of the stars of French cinema, he was born in Monsummano Terme, Italy, on 13 October 1921. That same year his family had to flee to France to escape from the fascist regime in Italy. They settled in Marseilles, where Montand discovered his passion for stage. In 1938, he […]

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Christopher Columbus reached the Bahamas

On 12 October 1492, the famous explorer Christopher Columbus reached the archipelago of the Bahamas. In his letter to the treasurer of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, Columbus wrote: “Thirty-three days after my departure from Cadiz I reached the Indian sea, where I discovered many islands, thickly peopled, of which I took possession […]

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Redesigned Europeana launched

Based on users’ feedback we’ve been receiving since our launch in November 2008, Europeana underwent a significant makeover. The new Europeana is now more visual, interactive and easier to use. Here are some of the new things you can do on Europeana: • You can easily find our latest virtual exhibitions, content highlights and Europeana […]

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Family Portraits

Nuclear family is a relatively new concept which refers to a household with parents and their common children. In some countries it is still quite normal to have grandparents and unmarried aunts and uncles live under the same roof. This was even more so the case in the past. Today I’m taking a look at […]

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Opening of the Moulin Rouge

At the foot of the Montmartre hill in Paris, the most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge, opened its doors on 6 October 1889. The birthplace of the can-can dance, home to extravagant performances, stage to acclaimed singers and dancers including La Goulue and Mistinguett, the Moulin Rouge quickly became a success.  It […]

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French philosopher and writer Denis Diderot

A prominent figure of the Enlightenment, philosopher and writer Denis Diderot was born in Langres, France, on 5 October 1713. After receiving his degree in philosophy and briefly studying law, he decided to become a writer. Because of his refusal to enter one of the learnt professions, Diderot was disowned by his father. In 1745, […]

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Europeana sneak peek

Europeana is currently undergoing a makeover, and we’d like to show you some of the changes that you will see in the near future. A lot of these changes are based on the feedback we’ve received from you, our users, since we first launched in 2008. Europeana’s home page. The portal splash page is probably […]

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