Europe

‘All of Europe is my country’ and other stories from Europeana Migration

Europeana Migration brings together digital collections dedicated to the theme of migration to, from and within Europe, sourced from both cultural heritage institutions and the public. When Museum Burg Posterstein invited us to take part in their blog parade #SalonEuropa, which asks writers to consider what Europe means to them, the obvious thing to do […]

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From Georg Friedrich to George Frideric: Händel’s miraculous migration

In the early 18th century, London was the eldorado for musicians, offering fame and fortune to anyone who had something new or exclusive to boast. Foreign musicians were regarded as exotic, special and prestigious, and therefore very popular both with rich patrons and the general public.

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Pictures in Focus: Migrants, then and now

Today, Manuele Buono, of AEDEKA srl in Italy, talks about a photograph taken on board a ship arriving at Ellis Island in the early 20th century. I love this photo. It’s a striking reminder of the fact that once millions of Europeans just like me (yet not only Italians, but also Hungarians, Poles, Germans, Slavs, […]

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A big idea: how the European Union was set in motion in 1950

To those of us who live here, the European Union is something that we argue about – who’s in, who’s out, who’s in charge – but ultimately, I think, something we take for granted as a way of organising and maximising trade and quality of life in this part of the world. Certainly for anyone […]

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Freedom Express: Final Leg – Germany

The Freedom Express ended its historic journey in Germany over the weekend, concluding an intensive study trip for a group of 20 young Europeans. The participants travelled through six countries in Eastern and Central Europe to discover traces of the different revolutions that swept across the region in 1989. In Germany, the participants set out to explore […]

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From St Nicholas to Santa Claus

He’s a man of many names – Saint Nicholas, Nikolaos of Myra, Nikolaos the Wonderworker, Nikolaos of Bari, Sinterklaas and of course, Santa Claus. As well as becoming the figure we associate with Christmas gift-giving, St Nicholas is also the patron saint of sailors (being known as ‘Lord of the Sea’ in Greece), merchants, archers, […]

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Map Nerds: Jodocus Hondius and Me

What is it about maps? I know I’m not the only one who can spend hours poring over them – places I’ve been, places I haven’t, places I’ve never heard of, it doesn’t matter. Give me a map and I’m as happy as a toddler with a saucepan and a wooden spoon. We have an […]

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Map of Europe in 1914

By the team from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz The memory of the First World War, its events and consequences, its victims and victors, remain very much alive today. It has become part of the individual and collective memory of Europe and of countries across the world. In this blog the Staatsbibliothek zu […]

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Poland: Piotr Zuchowski

 Article by Piotr Zuchowski, Secretary of State, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Poland: One of the most valuable masterpieces of the Polish culture available through Europeana is the St. Florian Psalter dated at the turn of the 14th and 15th century. A manuscript of priceless value for the history of Polish culture and the Polish […]

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Netherlands: Halbe Zijlstra

Article by Halbe Zijlstra, State Secretary of Education, Culture and Science: “Ain’t nothing like the real thing”, is what Marvin Gaye used to sing back in the sixties. And it is this line that instantly came to my mind when I was granted the opportunity to marvel at this ancient masterpiece in person. Nevertheless, the digital copy […]

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Douze Points! The Eurovision Song Contest

Tomorrow evening, May 26, the 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, following Azerbaijan’s win last year. The event has been broadcast every year since its inauguration in 1956 and it is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. The song contest  is also one of the oldest […]

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Denmark: Uffe Elbæk

Arti­cle by Uffe Elbæk, Culture Minister of Denmark: At first look, this seems to be an unremarkable image. Three men in front of a brick wall, quite ordinary, except perhaps for their very fine and well-groomed moustaches. But just behind this façade, the image tells of epoch-turning events in European history. The three men are in […]

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Lithuania: Arūnas Gelūnas

Arti­cle by Arūnas Gelūnas, Minister of Culture: One of the greatest contributions of old Lithuania to European and World science and culture is the work of Kazimieras Semenavičius ‘Artis Magnae Artilleriae‘. In his book printed in Amsterdam in 1650, the Lithuanian scientist was the first person in the world to have described and drawn a multi-stage […]

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Italy: Lorenzo Ornaghi

Arti­cle by Lorenzo Ornaghi, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities: The Holy Family (Tondo Doni) Uffizi Gallery Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) Panel painting, diam. cm. 120 (with the frame, cm. 172) Traditionally it is believed that this masterpiece was  commissioned by Agnolo Doni to commemorate his marriage with Maddalena Strozzi in January 1504, and then  painted between […]

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Your Winner: WLM Art Nouveau Category

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Art Nouveau category in the Wiki Loves Monuments photography competition! This picture of the interior of the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest by Csaba Attila Kontar is the winning photo, receiving the most votes on Flickr. The photo beat off competition from 343 finalists, all entries were impressive examples […]

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The Abstract World of Wassily Kandinsky

“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential.” Today we are celebrating the colourful, deep and impressive art of one the world’s […]

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