Month: April 2013

The Book and the Bard

It’s no surprise that if you search for Shakespeare on Europeana, you get back quite a lot of results, in more than 20 languages. Shakespeare wrote, amongst other things, 38 plays and 154 sonnets. He also invented 1,700 words including ‘eyeball’, ‘fashionable’ and ‘lonely’! ‘William Shakespeare: profile.’ Drawing, c. 1793.Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Copyrighted work […]

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Europe Day Competition

Next month on 9 May, the whole of Europe will be celebrating Europe Day and the anniversary of the ‘Schuman declaration’. Speaking in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman (the French foreign minister) proposed a new form of political cooperation for Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. To celebrate, we have a great […]

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Lucrezia Borgia: scandalous or scandalised?

533 years ago this week, a girl was born whose life would prove to be so full of drama and scandal that it has been turned into a play by Victor Hugo, an opera by Donizetti (read the libretto, see the printed sheet music and handwritten music, or listen to a song), a famous painting […]

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The Rijksmuseum Returns: 9 masterpieces from the collection

After a 10 year long makeover, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is getting ready to open its door again. The Rijksmuseum is the Dutch national museum of art and history, where masterpieces by Rembrandt van Rijn, Jan Steen, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and other great painters, mingle with 17th-century blunderbusses and Delft blue pottery. The 128 years old […]

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