Dead Sea Scrolls

Exactly 20 years ago, the oldest biblical manuscripts – the Dead Sea Scrolls – were made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library in the U.S. Their importance, both religious and historical, is immense. As …


Oktoberfest begins in Munich

The most famous beer festival, Oktoberfest, has kicked off last Saturday in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest is one of the most popular events in Germany with six million people from around the world attending it every year. This year …


Sketches from the First World War

Text by Dr. Stephen Bull* This small pencil sketch on a field postcard was sent by Hans Gaigl, a soldier with the Bayrischen Landwehr Fußartillerie Batallion Nr. 2, 6. Batterie, to his wife Marie in Munich in November 1917. It …


Illustrations by Arthur Rackham

The great English book illustrator Arthur Rackham was born on 19 September 1867 in London. Rackham was a member of The Royal Watercolour Society   and the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts, and Master of the Art Workers’ Guild.  His works …



Francisco de Quevedo

On 14 September 1580, the renowned Spanish writer of the Baroque era Francisco Gómez de Quevedo y Santibáñez Villegas was born in Madrid. His style of combining simple vocabulary and brilliant wit can be seen in all of his works …