Month: September 2013

Degas – the Impressionist who disliked Impressionism

Best known for his depictions of dancers, Degas was one of the founders of the Impressionism movement. He began painting from a young age and had turned a room in his house into a studio by the age of 18. He met and revered fellow artist  Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, who gave him this advice:  […]

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Everyone loves a good wedding

Whether it’s the dresses, the drinking, the dancing, or ok, the heartwarming declarations of love, there aren’t many people who don’t enjoy a good wedding. If you would like to brighten up your autumn day with a bit of wedding inspiration or nuptial nostalgia, we have two things you might like… First of all, the […]

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'Prof. Sigmund Freud : (Porträt) (Ost und West)', Universitätsbibliothek JCS Frankfurt am Main and Judaica Europeana, public domain

Freud – father of psychoanalysis

Whether you agree with the detail of his theories or not, Sigmund Freud (6 May 1856 – 23 September 1939) is easily the most influential psychiatrist of all time. ‘Sigmund Freud’, The Royal Library: The National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University Library and The European Library, CC BY-NC-ND He popularised what we now know […]

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Academy Award for Europeana

The Europeana Foundation has been presented with this year’s European Museum Academy Award! The 2013 EMA was given to Europeana by the EMA Board after wide consultation with museum experts, specialists and directors from different backgrounds and from all over Europe. It recognises the outstanding organisation that has contributed most to the development of museum […]

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Vintage Hair Styling Tips

Curls, twists, waves, updos or a good quiff, these are just a few examples of the popular hair styles in the 20th century. We’ve been worrying about how our hair looks since thousands of years ago. Even the big Greek writers Aristophanes and Homer both mentioned hairdressing in their writings.  The word ‘hairdresser’ appeared in […]

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Coming soon: Europeana Open Culture 2.0 for iPad and Android

Blog by Milena Popova, Europeana Senior Marketing Specialist. The next major release of the Europeana Open Culture app will be available in early October. The updated version – available for both iPad and Android tablets – is more user-friendly, with brand-new content and more language choices, as well as better sharing and new download options. […]

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Once upon a time… From Brothers Grimm to political correctness

Once upon a time… four words that conjure up images of fairy tales. Princesses and castles, talking animals, love and magic, Prince Charmings and happily ever afters. But the tales written down by the Brothers Grimm were not so sweet. (I say ‘written down’ and not ‘written’ because versions of many of the stories were […]

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Lift off: how humans have viewed space through the ages

4-10 October is  World Space Week. In this blog, we explore how the human race has viewed space through the ages – from medieval astronomical diagrams to modern cartoons. You can also watch the 1978 launch of space shuttle ‘Enterprise’ at Cape Canaveral and listen to Holst’s ‘Planets’ orchestral suite. If there’s one thing we […]

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Tolstoy – novelist and anarchist

‘We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.’ Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace. Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, also known as Leo Tolstoy, was born on 9 September 1828 to a family of old Russian nobility. Tolstoy married Sophia Andreevna Behrs, known as ‘Sonya’ in 1862 and […]

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Brainstorms and broomsticks – recording how Estonians celebrated the Baltic Way

Around 100 people visited the Europeana 1989 Baltic Way collection days at the Estonian National Library in the capital city of Tallinn on 30-31 August, sharing a total of approximately 150 items. In addition to many photos and printed materials, a contributor brought in a handmade blue, black and white Estonian tricolour flag mounted on […]

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Still from 'Porsche Museum' video, Linked Heritage and architekturclips_network, CCO

Ferdinand Porsche – car engineer of the century

Ferdinand Porsche, the Austrian-German engineer behind the car that bears his name, was born on 3 September 1875. A hard worker even at a young age, he attended technical college at night after helping his father in his mechanical shop during the day. Aged 18, he landed a job with an electrical company and sneaked […]

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