Month: February 2016

Introducing Europeana 280

What is Europeana 280? On 21 April, Europeana will launch Europeana 280, a cross-border campaign to get people excited about Europe’s shared art heritage by celebrating the diverse and magnificent artworks that are a part of it. We invited all 28 EU Member States to nominate 10 pieces of art held in their country that […]

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The Greatest Traveller in History? The Life and Places of Ibn Battuta

Ibn Battuta, or ‘Abu Abd al-Lah Muhammad ibn Abd al-Lah l-Lawati t-Tangi ibn Batutah’ to give him his full name, is a strong contestant for the greatest traveller in history. Not only did he travel a distance greater than the diameter of the Earth, he did most of it overland, travelling in caravans at a […]

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Travelling through Mongolia with two gramophones

Enjoy a guest post by Sabine Schostag, Statsbiblioteket, edited by Imogen Greenhalgh. A version of this post appeared first on February 4, 2016 on Europeana Sounds blog. This is a story about Danish traveller and adventurer Henning Haslund-Christensen and his expeditions to Inner Mongolia. During his travels, Haslund-Christensen collected voices. In fact, this is the […]

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The echoes of Verdun

Though Verdun is the name of a charming provincial town, it also belongs to one of the most important lieu de mémoire in European history – a great battle in World War One. Today, the name still resonates with an incredible force – almost equivalent to the violence of the clash it refers to. It stands for an endless range […]

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The Danse Macabre with a modern twist

The Dance of Death, also known as the Danse Macabre, represents the influence and power of death on people’s lives. It is both an artistic genre and an allegory produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives. Often, above or below the pictures, there are printed verses where Death addresses its victims. Here, […]

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Japanese artist creates original military artwork inspired by Europeana

We love to hear about how you use Europeana. What inspires you. How the treasures you find motivate you. Today, we hear from Kumiko Sakaki, a Japanese illustrator from Tokyo, who creates original artworks for books and magazines, using items she finds on Europeana Collections. “I’ve found inspiration in Europeana many times,” says Kumiko. “I […]

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#ColorOurCollections: Europeana’s Colouring Book for Grown-ups

Nowadays, it’s not just children that enjoy the gentle art of colouring. Colouring books aimed at adults are bestsellers – advertised as a form of therapy designed to alleviate the stress of modern life. You can colour in glorious gardens, enchanted forests, dream cities and now… Europeana’s collections! We’ve created a Colouring Book for Grown-ups […]

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