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Ancient Art

Turquoise: Art, Culture and Myth of a Gemstone

The bright blue-green Turquoise has been valued and revered for centuries by all the cultures around the world that had access to it. Several...

Nadine Waldmann 23 November 2021

Museum Stories

Green Vault Theft: Dresden Stolen Jewels

On Tuesday, November 25 2019, burglars broke into the Green Vault museum, at the Royal Palace Dresden, Germany, and stole priceless jewels! This is...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 23 November 2021

Bartu Bölükbaşı, the goddess Umay, the mighty creator mother in Turkic Mythology. Long Read

An Intellectual Talk on Art, Illustration, and Mythology: Interview with the Illustrator Bartu Bölükbaşı

Bartu Bölükbaşı is an illustrator and graphic novel artist from Eskişehir, Turkey. With his great talent and specialization in mythology, the...

Merve Parla 22 November 2021

Art State of Mind

Which Painting Are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

What is your zodiac sign? Western astrology is closely related to ancient Greek and Roman mythology and culture. Over time, each astrological star...

Ruxi Rusu 22 November 2021

Contemporary Chronicles: Adeel-uz-Zafar, Antagonist 1/ Dragon, Review

Contemporary Chronicles: A Conversation About 9/11

South Asia Institute, or SAI, located in the museum district in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, cultivates the art and culture of South Asia and...

Guest Profile 22 November 2021

Ancient Egypt

Man, Woman or Both? Meet Akhenaten, the Only Androgynous Pharaoh

If you thought that ancient Egypt had always been only about a large pantheon of gods, solid and emotionless sculptures, and masculine pharaohs, have...

Magda Michalska 20 November 2021

North American Art

Marsden Hartley: An Overlooked Modernist

Marsden Hartley was a ground-breaking modernist, ostracized from the art world at the height of his career. Today he remains sidelined as a...

Louisa Mahoney 18 November 2021

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, Photograph by Alvesgaspar Architecture

St. Peter’s Basilica—Layers of History

St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the most iconic buildings in Western culture.  But, the facade we see today is the culmination of centuries of...

Ledys Chemin 18 November 2021

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Medieval Christian Monoliths: The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

The highlands of northern Ethiopia contain eleven fascinating and unique churches. The so-called rock-hewn churches of Lalibela were carved directly...

Alexandra Kiely 18 November 2021

Architecture

These Churches Will Make You Believe In God

Churches are fascinating buildings where time seems to stand still. Allow us to lead you by the smell of incense into the dark Gothic interiors.

Magda Michalska 18 November 2021

The Business of Tomorrow cover Review

The Business of Tomorrow – A New Biography of Harry Guggenheim

Dirk Smillie’s new book, The Business of Tomorrow: The Visionary Life of Harry Guggenheim – From Aviation and Rocketry to the Creation of an...

Alexandra Kiely 15 November 2021

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Book Review: Shedding The Shackles

A review of Shedding The Shackles: Women’s Empowerment Through Craft by Lynne Stein, Herbert Press, Ireland, 2021. An exploration of crafting...

Candy Bedworth 11 November 2021