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Welcome to Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art

Today we are happy to announce the launch of Art Nouveau season on Europeana Art, running from now until the end of May. During the season we’ll explore the depth and diversity of this influential art movement and enjoy beautiful Art Nouveau jewellery, posters and much more. Rushes, 1896 (detail). Eugène Grasset. Schola Graphidis Art Collection. CC […]

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#ColorOurCollections with an Art Nouveau colouring book

Following last year’s inspiring Europeana Colouring Book for Grown-ups, we’re taking part in #ColorOurCollections again this year. #ColorOurCollections is a week-long colouring fest on social media organized by libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions around the world. Using materials from their collections, these institutions are sharing free coloring content with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and inviting […]

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Maggy’s picks: Serbian postcards, Macedonian contemporary art and Dutch polder maps

New year means new additions to Europeana.eu! In this blog series, we hand pick some intriguing cultural heritage materials for you. This time we focus on libraries’ collections from the Balkan area. Dive in! First, National Library of Serbia brings you a great collection of materials that can be used non-commercially, under the Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC). You can […]

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#museumselfie day: Seven artists’ self-portraits

Today is #MuseumSelfie day, where museum-goers are encouraged to have fun by taking selfies in museums. But museums have been home to another kind of selfie for many years: the self-portrait. We’ve selected seven self-portrait paintings to get a sense of the ways in which artists have portrayed themselves through time. From Albrecht Dürer, an […]

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Thank you! 10K Followers on Pinterest for Europeana

It’s time to celebrate — we’ve reached 10K followers on Pinterest! In just one year we doubled our followers to 10,000 with users from all over the globe. We want to thank our Pinterest audience who actively supported us by liking and sharing Europeana content. Champagne Ruinart Père et Fils. Rheims [sic] : [affiche] | […]

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Look at this woman! Judith makes history

A whole book is devoted to Judith as she is the embodiment of courage, self-sacrifice, and patriotism linked to female beauty. She has always captured the imagination of artists and her story has been presented in countless variations in many works of art, music and literature. Above all, the bloody spectacle of the beheading of […]

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Art Stories FACES – a new educational game for children

A couple of months ago Europeana organized the Europeana Labs Challenge February 2016 to try to increase innovative re-use of the digital cultural heritage material available on our website. Today we’d like to present to you one of the winners of this challenge – the Italian start-up agency Art Stories and their winning product: Art […]

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Do you love fairy tales? Meet Queen Summer

Did you love fairy tales growing up? Perhaps, as an adult, you still enjoy their magic, often brought to life through beautiful illustrations. There are plenty of fairy tales in Europeana Collections, but one, Queen Summer: The Tourney of the Lily and the Rose stands out. An epic poem about the allegorical figure Queen Summer, […]

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Get set, #Europeana280 – join us as we celebrate Europe’s art history the digital way

Today, we’re excited to kickstart Europeana 280, our cross-border campaign to get Europe excited about its shared art heritage and celebrate our new site, Europeana Art. We’re launching our unfolding virtual exhibition, Faces of Europe, bringing together magnificent artworks from all 29 countries taking part in the campaign. The introductory part published today gives a […]

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Seeing is believing: the trick of the trompe l’oeil in art

Battle of Livorno, 14 March 1653, an incident from the First Anglo-Dutch War, anonymous. Rijksmuseum, public domain. At first, the painting above looks like many you’ve seen before. A grand, naval scene with clouds billowing above inflated sails. But hang on. What’s that in the bottom corner? A crumpled note of some kind. A little […]

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Pan: a wayward god in animal form

Meet Pan – god of the forest and fields and patron of shepherds. If you’re startled by his ugly fur-coated appearance, with horns sprouting from his head and goat-like legs, you’re not alone – these always send those who dare disturb him into a panic. Despite his off-putting appearance, Pan is also known as the eternally lustful god, […]

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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 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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#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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Art of Adoration: Jesus and the three Magi

The adoration of baby Jesus by the Magi, or the Adoration of the Magi as it’s known, is a popular motif in Christian art. All sorts of famous artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Sandro Botticelli and Albrecht Dürer have painted this scene. The figures depicted? Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus being honoured by […]

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League of angels

Do you believe in angels? If you don’t believe in them, you’ll certainly have heard of them. But what do they do for us humans? Abraham with the three Angels by Francesco Zugno, 1750-1780. Rijksmuseum, Public Domain  Angel means ‘messenger’, and this is what they do: bring messages to people telling them something they are not aware of. It […]

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