Month: September 2012

Caravaggio: a Murderous Artist

The personalities featured on the blog this week do nothing to debunk the idea of artists having fiery temperaments. On Tuesday, we told the tale of Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, whose bitter rivalry with fellow artist Bernini is thought to have led to his tragic suicide. Today, we have another dramatic life story and another […]

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Borromini: rivalry, illusion and tragedy

Greatness, illusion, bitter rivalry, and a tragic end. It’s a life story that could easily have been penned for a Hollywood epic drama. Today we are celebrating Francesco Borromini, born on this day in 1599. Born with the name Francesco Castelli, Borromini was a Swiss Italian architect and a prominent figure in the emergence of […]

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EuroPEACEana: What does peace mean to you?

Today, 21 September, is the International Day of Peace. Established by a United Nations resolution, the first event of its kind took place in 1982. ‘Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.’ – Albert Einstein Peace is a word that means different things to different people. To some it […]

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Wiki Loves Monuments: Submit Your Photos

You’ve already heard about it, but here’s the 101 on how to participate in the world’s biggest photo contest: Wiki Loves Monuments 2012. What is it? Wiki Loves Monuments is asking you to photograph your local monuments and upload the photos to Wikimedia, your photos can then be used in the future to enrich Wikipedia articles. […]

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New Portal: Europeana Needs You!

At Europeana we’ve been working to improve the design and usability of our portal. We invite you to take our end user feedback test to be one of the first to get a sneak peek of the new Europeana portal (coming very soon). The famous “Lord Kitchener Wants You” poster debuted in 1914 at the start of World […]

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Stories of a Serbian War Artist

The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remains very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world – the stories of soldiers and their families continue to be told and published from generation to […]

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Playlist: Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau, one of the most important French composers and music theorists of the Baroque era died on this day 248 years ago. Rameau replaced Jean-Baptiste Lully as the dominant composer of French opera and is also considered the leading French composer of his time, alongside François Couperin. Rameau’s music has been described as graceful and […]

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Europeana Loves Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments is back and it’s now the biggest international photograph competition in the world! WLM 2012 is organised by Wikimedia and aims to produce a pool of freely licensed pictures of monuments from all over the world. By taking part in the competition participants will help enrich Wikipedia articles on cultural heritage, data which can […]

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