Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821

Few leaders in the world have amassed such fame as the French Napoleon Bonaparte (also Buonaparte). He was born in Corsica on 15th August 1769 – 242 years ago – to Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino. By the time of …





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 …





Alphonse Mucha and his art

Alphonse Mucha was born on this day in 1860. Using an extract of our Virtual Exhibition on Art Nouveau, we explore Mucha and his work further on Europeana. Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a Czech painter and decorative artist born in southern …






Artworks by Rembrandt van Rijn

On July 15, 1606, Harmen and Neeltgen welcomed their ninth child, who would be later considered one of the greatest painters in European art history – Rembrandt van Rijn. Rembrandt saw glory and fame from his early youth, but experienced …