Works from the Louvre

The 10th of August marks the opening of the Louvre Museum. It was first opened in 1793 with an exhibition consisting of 537 paintings and the amount of works presented has been growing ever since. Louvre’s immense collection of 35,000 …


The wonders of the Sistine Chapel

“Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving”, wrote Johann Wolfgang Goethe in 1787. About five centuries ago, the first mass was celebrated in the Sistine Chapel. Today …




Happy Birthday, Salvador Dali!

“Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad”, said Salvador Dali. On this day over a century ago, one of the most renowned surrealist painters, Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto …


Van Gogh’s 158th birthday

Today is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh (and Warren Beatty, Eric Clapton and Celine Dion). Materials in Europeana on Van Gogh include paintings, letters and drawings, including his self portrait, the “potato eaters” and this painting of a seascape …