Month: November 2015

Life of a geisha

A white face, pillow strapped on your back, socks and wooden flip flops – what a work wear! A Geisha is a Japanese entertainer skilled in traditional Japanese art. The term Geisha is even a combination of the words for art and person. The golden age of Geishas was in the 18th and 19th centuries. […]

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A Viking love story – the Saga of Frithiof

Do you know the legend of the Norwegian hero Frithiof? It’s become an immortal Scandinavian tale – several variations of it exist, and composers and artists throughout history have been inspired by the story it tells. Below, we look at some portrayals of the tale by the Swedish painter August Malmström, created in the 19th […]

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New online exhibition: The Men on the Memorial

During the First World War men and boys from more than 16,000 parishes in England and Wales joinedt the Army. Of all these villages there were only 53 so called “Thankful Villages” – places to which everyone returned alive. The village of Skelsmergh (Cumbria, England, UK) was sadly not one: 25 men with links links to […]

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Venus and Cupid

No love is stronger than the love between mother and child. Today, we want to explore the striking connection between Venus and Cupid. It’s a relationship that has been subject of many artworks throughout the centuries, inspiring painters from across Europe. Different tales exist about the origin of Venus and Cupid. Some say that Venus, the […]

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