European Union

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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Belgium: Joke Schauvliege

Article by Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture: Jean Fouquet depicts the virgin Mary seated on a throne, as becomes the Queen of Heaven. His style is inspired by that of the Flemish Primitives and the painter brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. It is assumed that Agnes Sorel, the mistress of king […]

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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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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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The Biodiversity Heritage Library for Europe

Europe’s natural history museums and botanical gardens collectively hold the majority of the world’s published knowledge on biological diversity. You might think that biodiversity heritage and literature is only for scientists? Well, think again. Biodiversity heritage literature merges the line between art and science, assembling descriptions of species and other accounts with meticulously crafted illustrations. While […]

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