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10th December
Antarctica: Terra Incognita. History, the continent, essays.

Urban Gypsies. Photography.

Early Women Masters in Buddhism, Taoism, Shinto & Zen.

Museums of the Potteries. Staffordshire heritage.

Historic Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings.

Journey through Hallowed Ground: Route 15 in Virginia's Piedmont.

Atlanta, Georgia. 'The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and Southeast Regional Office, in conjunction with the Atlanta History Center, the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO), proudly invite you to explore Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta began as the terminal point of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, a project authorized by the State of Georgia in 1836. Originally known as Terminus, and later Marthasville, by the Civil War Atlanta was a bustling city. Crippled by the burning of the city during the war, Atlanta rebounded during the last part of the century. Today it is home to more than 4 million people and is considered the entertainment and cultural center of the South, attracting more than 17 million travelers each year. This latest National Register of Historic Places travel itinerary highlights 70 historic places that tell the story of this capital city ... '

Balgo Hills Paintings. 'Artists from the Balgo community in far north Western Australia have created one of the most distinctive regional styles in Aboriginal art, renowned for its brilliant colours and strong designs, including complex layered dotted images. The community is located at Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) on the northern edge of the Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts and is one of the most isolated of Australia's desert settlements.'

Lorna Fencer Napurrula. Australian Aboriginal artist.

Barcelona, The Guell Park. 'I'm a big fan of the buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852 - 1926) in Barcelona. However, it's generally overlooked that some of the most spectacular and innovative mosaics were the work of Gaudi's collaborator, Josep Maria Jujol (1879 - 1949). Like Gaudi, Jujol was an architect, and was given a free hand in producing the unique mosaics in the Guell Park. These include the snake-like bench and the overhead medallions in the hypostle "Hall of a Hundred Columns".'

The Gallery of Ukiyo-e Beauties.

The Gallery of Ukiyo-e Actors.

David Dare Photography: The Gypsies of Romania.

Look at Me. First person photos.

Beyond Word and Image. Art in Iran.
Iranian revolutionary posters.

The Oscar Wilde Collection. Stories, poems and more.

Oscariana. The life and times of Oscar Wilde.

Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas.

Latin American Sacred Art.

Mexican Folk Carvings and Ceramics.

Yarn Paintings from the Huichol Indians of Mexico.

St. Paul's Cathedral. Virtual tour.

Wylie's Baths, Coogee Beach, Sydney, est. 1907.

The Women's Museum.

Violence Lessons. Domestic abuse.

Eco Poetry.

Sculpture from Burma.

Sculpture from Cambodia.

Sculpture from Indonesia.

Sculpture from Thailand.

Map of Book Towns worldwide.

How Much Is Inside?

Institute of Holistic Computer Wellness.
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9th December
Photos of Africa Montage. 'My goal with the Africa Montage series is two-fold: First, to present a thought-provoking series of artistically expressive portraits of the people who live in West Africa, and to explore how the imposition of outside influences has affected their lives. Second, to give context to the complexity of the issues they face, and to show how the outside world attempts to involve itself in response to those issues. The combination of these two goals is intended to give a depth of understanding and appreciation for the individuals who live there and the plight of their existence ... '

Deserts: A Literary Adventure. Stories and essays.
'OneWorld Magazine would like you to experience the diversity and cultural richness of the world's deserts, if only virtually. Over the next 4 weeks we will bring you a selection of articles, paintings, sculptures, poems and photographs of men and women who have been challenged by the uniqueness of a desert, defeated by its dimensions, rewarded by its remoteness. Our delivery is by no means comprehensive -- for every grain of sand there is a desert word, a desert painting, a desert thought. '
The Remote. Australian songlines and birth among the Bushmen.

Japanese Prints: The Dutch in Nagasaki. 'Until the middle of the nineteenth century, Japan was closed to foreigners. The only Westerners allowed to stay in Japan and engage in trade were the Dutch. They had to submit to very strict regulations, however, and were only allowed to live on Deshima, a small artificial island in Nagasaki harbor.'
'This is a digital exhibition of a collection of 40 Japanese woodblock prints published between 1800 and 1865, depicting Dutch traders in Nagasaki. Now extremely rare, at the time of their publication the prints were sold as souvenirs to Japanese who visited Nagasaki and perhaps hoped to catch a glimpse of these strange 'red-haired barbarians'.'
'These prints are documents of a unique episode in Dutch trading history, and represent an early period in the art of the Japanese woodcut. Above all the prints show the amazement with which the Japanese looked at Westerners. The Dutch are depicted as pale, ugly, red-haired barbarians with large noses. The ships the Dutch used and the exotic animals they brought caused much astonishment and admiration.'

Central Vermont. 'The National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places and the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce proudly invite you to discover Central Vermont: Explore History in the Heart of the Green Mountains. Vermont, home to the Abenaki and other Native Americans for 10,000 years, was first explored by Samuel de Champlain in 1609. Settled by Europeans from other New England colonies, admitted to the Union as the 14th state, and established as a agricultural and industrial region, Vermont boasts a history reflecting the broad American experience. This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary explores Central Vermont's rich history using 43 historic places listed in the National Register that recall past eras when numerous small villages grew slowly until the coming of the railroad resulted in a great period of growth for Vermont in the last half of the 19th century. '

Baltimore, Maryland. 'Novelist and Chesapeake Bay native John Dos Passos recognized the appeal of a place like Baltimore. "The character of a city as a fit place for men and women to live," he wrote, "depends on the survival of intriguing vestiges of the past." These reminders appear throughout Baltimore today: from Fort McHenry to the masterfully planned suburb of Roland Park, through the narrow streets of Fells Point, inside the 19th century Chizuk Amuno Synagogue, and on the deck of the Baltimore.'

Erec et Enide, 12th century. An Arthurian romance.
'Chretien De Troyes has had the peculiar fortune of becoming the best known of the old French poets to students of mediaeval literature, and of remaining practically unknown to any one else. The acquaintance of students with the work of Chretien has been made possible in academic circles by the admirable critical editions of his romances undertaken and carried to completion during the past thirty years by Professor Wendelin Foerster of Bonn. At the same time the want of public familiarity with Chretien's work is due to the almost complete lack of translations of his romances into the modern tongues. The man who, so far as we know, first recounted the romantic adventures of Arthur's knights, Gawain. Yvain, Erec, Lancelot, and Perceval, has been forgotten; whereas posterity has been kinder to his debtors, Wolfram yon Eschenbach, Malory, Lord Tennyson, and Richard Wagner ... '

Cliges, 12th century. An Arthurian romance.

Shaka Nyorai (Sakya Tathagata). Hanging scroll.

Senzui Byobu (Landscape with Figures Screen). 'The screen depicts an open landscape with a gray-bearded hermit composing poetry in his hut. He is about to be visited by a young nobleman and his attendants. The old poet is thought to be Bai Juyi, a well-known Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty. '

The Garden of Love, after Rubens.

Hyacinthe Rigaud: Monsieur Le Bret and his Son, Cardin Le Bret.

Abraham de Vries: Portrait of a Dutch Gentleman.

Rembrandt: Two Old Men Disputing (St. Peter and St. Paul).

Places Where Women Made History. 'As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, the National Park Service has developed this National Register of Historic Places travel itinerary, Places Where Women Made History. This itinerary focuses on 74 historic places in New York and Massachusetts associated with the varied aspects women's history. You will learn about the accomplishments of many American women who made outstanding contributions to education, government, medicine, the arts, commerce, women's suffrage and the early civil rights movement ... '

Orozco: The Epic of American Civilisation. 'Offering a complex and compelling narrative that covers the history of the Americas from the migration of the Aztecs into central Mexico to the development of our modern industrialized society, the mural is composed of twenty-four individual panels, or "scenes," and covers approximately 3,200 square feet. '

Timothy Pont's Maps. 'Among the National Library of Scotland's greatest treasures are the earliest surviving detailed maps of Scotland, made by Timothy Pont over 400 years ago, in the 1580s and 1590s. '

Images from the 1939 New York World's Fair. The promised City of Tomorrow.

Expo '67. The Montreal World's Fair. 'Expo 67, the Montreal World's Fair coincided with Canada's 100th anniversary of "Confederation" in 1967. Although its one year run, exactly thirty years ago, drew 50 million visitors, most people, especially those under 40, know it only as an event in their history books. This educational Web site attempts to take the visitor for a tour of Expo 67 through text and photographs via a series of click-on (image mapped) maps. While there are several short articles included, there was no attempt to make it a scholarly endeavor. '

US Steel Homes. 'The U.S. Steel homes were experiments in all-steel construction and angular, modern shapes. A strip of these private residences are still standing along Sunny View Drive, tucked away just Southeast of San Rafael and Indian Canyon Drives. The project, designed by Donald Wexler in 1961-63, proved to be too expensive and only six homes were built ... '

Vintage Russian Circus Posters from the 20th Century.

Photographs of Oscar Wilde and His Circle.

Dance Masks from Bolivia.

Hindu Temple Hangings.

Buddhist Painting from India, Nepal and Tibet.

Sculpture from Nepal.

Two Bodhisattvas from Sri Lanka.

Images from the Spirit World. 'There are a number of panels of rock paintings on display at the South African Museum. The most impressive of these, not just because of its size but also on account of its exceptional clarity and detail, is the Linton Stone. This is a slab of rock about two metres long which was removed from a rock face on the farm of the same name in the Maclear district of the Cape Province and put on display in 1918 ... '

Kazimir Malevich in Avant-garde Publications 1912-24.

Archives of Irish America. 'Our understanding of American history is incomplete without the Irish dimension, just as Irish America is a critical component in the course of Irish history. The Archives of Irish America is a repository of primary research materials at New York University that aims to transform our understanding of the Irish migration experience and the distillation of American Irish ethnicity over the past century. '

The Kalevala. The Finnish national epic; translated 1888.

The Thousand and One Arabian Nights. Translated by Sir Richard Burton, 1850.

Legend of the Golem. 'As the legend is told, an old Jewish man named Rabbi Loew lived in Prague. He was a very tall and big man. So, he was called the Great Rabbi of Prague. He was a very kind person and cared for the people of Prague, but he became very sad because the people had to work hard all day ... '

Modjadji the Rain Queen, 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'. South Africa. 'South of Venda is the land of Modjadji, the rain queen who inspired H. Rider Haggard's immortal "She". Modjadji means "ruler of the day", and this queen was said to be both immortal and white. In truth, an ailing queen would commit suicide with poison said to be made from the brains and spinal cords of crocodiles. It was through her successor that she would live forever. This sort of immortality was the subject of Frazer's classic The Golden Bough. Modjadji's pale skin was due to her being kept in darkness, so that even most of her own subjects would never see her ... '

Project on Death in America. 'Transforming the culture of dying.'
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8th December
Aspects of the Victorian Book.

The Kohler Foundation. 'For over 27 years, Kohler Foundation, Inc. has conserved collections of works created by twentieth-century self-taught artists. The Foundation has joined forces with conservators, curators, scholars, the artists and their families, local governments, collectors, museums, and a broad range of other organizations across the country to accomplish this work ... '
Good articles, images.

Olowe of Ise: A Yoruba Sculptor to Kings. 'African artists were far from anonymous. Known to patrons and the people living in their communities and nearby towns, few are known today because early ethnographers failed to ask "Who made this?" Consequently, traditional African works of art are identified by an art style or by the name of the ethnic group that produced them. '
'The focus of this exhibition is on a Yoruba sculptor whose fame extended far beyond his hometown. Olowe of Ise (c. 1875-c. 1938) was born in the town of Efon-Alaiye, a major artistic center in Yorubaland. He spent most of his life in Ise, where he was initially engaged as a messenger at the court of the Arinjale (king) of Ise. Whether he apprenticed with someone to learn his craft or whether he was self-taught--born a master of composition and design (oju-ona)--as his descendants claim, is not known. His career as a sculptor, however, seems to have begun at Ise and his fame spread throughout eastern Yorubaland. The rulers and wealthy families of Ilesa, Ikere, Akure, Idanre, Ogbagi and other towns located within a 60-mile radius (96.75 kilometers) of Ise summoned Olowe to carve elaborately sculpted doors, veranda posts, and personal and ritual objects for them ... '

The Pictorial Calligrapher: Kang Wan Joo. Korean artist.

In Our Path. Documenting the destruction of a community by the construction of the Century Freeway in Los Angeles.
'In 1982 I began to photograph the Century Freeway Corridor in Los Angeles. Initially, I had no idea what was taking place on this swath of land. I only wanted to capture the sense of "abandoned suburbia" I saw and felt. As such, In Our Path began as a very personal response to home and environment. However, it soon took on different and broader meanings. '
'As I photographed I became acquainted with the history of this public project and with the people who lived within and along the Corridor. I also began to meet those who were building the freeway as well as those responsible for carrying out the stipulations of the court's Final Consent Decree ... '

Route 40. 'This web site is for the sharing of information about America's Golden Highway - US Route 40.'
Great site, despite some broken links and pages still under construction (it's big!).

Chests of Korea's Chosun Dynasty. 'In these pages you will find a photo sampling of Korean chests from the last full century of the Chosun dynasty (1392-1910). We hope these photos show the basic character of this genre of Korean art, which is characteristic of much other Korean art: "created by nature with borrowed human hands."(1) The goal of the Chosun chest maker was to celebrate the wood's lines, hues, tones and texture in his product. This focus on nature gives the Chosun chest a dignified yet non-assertive personality that makes it comfortable in any home, traditional or modern, in Asia or in the West. '

A Japanese Wedding. 'Even though the culture is changing and many Japanese women are choosing to marry later in life or not at all, the marriage industry is still very sizable. Most Japanese weddings are elaborate affairs, with the bride changing her outfit several times during the reception, guests enjoying the show, and a large bag of gifts for each guest. Instead of presents, the wedded couple usually receives a cash gift, the amount decided by an unwritten code based on the nature of the relationship between the newlyweds and the guest ... '

Paul Cezanne: The Bather.

Egon Schiele: Girl with Black Hair.

Odilon Redon: Roger and Angelica.

Nosadella: Holy Family with Saints Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, and Mary Magdalen.

Joachim Beuckelaer: The Miraculous Draught of Fishes.

Lelio Orsi: The Temptation of Saint Anthony.

Marco Pino: Christ on the Cross with Saints Mary, John the Evangelist and Catherine of Siena.

Paolo Veronese: The Baptism of Christ.

Wangden Meditation Weaving. ' "Wangden" is the name of a remote river valley in the Tsang province of Southern Tibet. In the valley there are 22 villages, some comprised of only a few households, and 3 monasteries. The valley runs north to south, beginning roughly 25 kilometers south of Penam Xian, on the main road between Shigatse and Gyantse.'
'Wangden was once famous throughout Tibet for its unique style of carpet weaving, practiced nowhere else in Tibet, and in great demand by monasteries from Lhasa to Amdo to Ladakh. Wangden carpets were used as meditation mats by the Fifth Dalai Lama, and every year a new set of Wangden runners was woven for use by monks participating in the Great Monlam Prayer Festival in Lhasa, the first and largest religious gathering of the Tibetan Buddhist year ... '

Igiugig Village. The website of a native Alaskan community.

Biology Teacher. Story.

Lonely Lady. Poem.

Multi-dimensional Human Embryo. Images of the human embryo at different stages of its development.

Hieronymous Bosch Virtual Gallery.

Painting the Weather. Fine art about meteorological phenomena.

African Images of the Exotic European.

Southern African Rock Art. 'Southern Africa has one of the longest and richest rock-art traditions in the world. Rock art, including paintings and engravings, is distributed widely over southern Africa. Evidence from painted stones in a cave deposit in Namibia shows that an artistic tradition, with the ritual and symbolism that is associated with it, extends back at least 25,000 years ... '

The Murthly Hours 'is one of Scotland's great medieval treasures. Written and illuminated in Paris in the 1280s, it also contains full-page miniatures by English artists of the same period, and was one of the most richly decorated manuscripts in medieval Scotland. Medieval additions include probably the second oldest example of Gaelic written in Scotland. '

Gallery of Fluid Mechanics.

Mary Toft. An engraving depicting the so called 'Rabbit Woman of Godalming', who claimed to have given birth to rabbits.

Reflections. 'We asked a group of artists to introduce themselves and their work using two pictures, a self portrait (realistic or imaginary), a 'favorite' piece of their artwork and a short word accompanying each image. '

Eternal Feminine. Fantasy/goddess art.

Christian Saints: Gallery. Agnes to Zenobius in art.

Abodes of Shakti. 'The Indian system of beliefs refers to the female aspect of divinity as Shakti - or the manifestation of energy. Parvati - the consort of Shiva or Lakshmi the consort of Vishnu are enshrined in temples and all over India. Some of these shrines are referred to as Shakti Peethams, (or the sites where the parts of Sati's body fell as in the legend of Daksha's yagna). Others are ancient shrines closely tied to local legends and beliefs. '

Abodes of Ganesha.

Abodes of Surya. 'The Indian system of beliefs venerates the sun as an inexhaustable source of energy. Sun worship in India dates back to ancient times. Perhaps the best known of the sun temples in India are the remains of the Konark temple on the east coast of India and the remains of the Modhera sun temple in the western state of Gujarat.'

Portable Dwelling of Nama Herders, South Africa. 'The portable mat-house ("/haru-oms") of the Nama. one of several groups of Khoikhoi herders, is a unique form of vernacular architecture in southern Africa. Structurally the mat-house is a semi-permanent shelter - a tent that is almost a house. Its portable structure could be put up or taken down quickly, and was ideally suited for a nomadic way of life ... '

Masami Teraoka: The Geisha's Aids Nightmare.

The Watts Chapel, Compton, Surrey. Great infrared photos. 'George Frederic Watts was an artist, a contemporary of the pre-Raphaelites but not one of the brotherhood. He owned a house in the village of Compton in Surrey where he lived and worked with his second wife, Mary. They were great supporters of local handicrafts and when the village acquired a new burial ground Mrs Watts designed the mortuary chapel ... '

Infrared Photos of Canada.

St. Petersburg in Painting.

The Visible Human. 'Meet 39-year-old Joseph Paul Jernigan. In life he was a convicted murderer. In death he's the ultimate anatomical specimen. ' Interesting exhibit - but is it ethical?
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6th December
The Silk Road. 'This exhibit was organized as part of Silk Road Seattle, a collaborative public education project exploring cultural interaction across Eurasia from the first century BCE to the sixteenth century CE. Silk Road Seattle is sponsored by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. Images of art objects are provided through the kind cooperation of museums and photographers around the world. '
'The primary goal of the exhibit is to employ the Internet in an innovative way to enable the interested public anywhere in the world to experience the art of the Silk Road, and to promote such future collaborations across the boundaries of museum collections. By introducing a wide variety of art from multiple locations, we hope to encourage viewers to visit the museums where the objects are housed, since art must, in the first instance, be viewed directly. '

Baule: African Art/ Western Eyes. 'The outstanding artistic achievements of Baule artists from Cote d'Ivoire in West Africa have long been recognized by Western scholars and connoisseurs. '
'The exhibition contains several environments that simulate the original context of the objects in Baule villages ... '

"We Have Conquered Pain.": A Celebration of Ether 1846-1996. 150 years of anaesthesia.

The Troubling Legacy of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

The Paul Lafargue Internet Archive. 'Karl Marx's son-in-law, was a leading member of the French socialist movement and played an important rôle in the development of the Spanish socialist movement. A close friend of Friedrich Engels in his later years, he wrote and spoke from a fairly orthodox Marxist perspective on a wide-range of topics including women's rights, anthropology, ethnology, reformism, Milleranderism, and economics. '

Jain Monuments of Karnataka. 'The Jain religion is contemporary of Buddhism, believes in cycle of rebirths and consequently regards life as painful, longing for liberation ... It came to Karnataka four centuries before the Christian era. The Gangas, Kadamba, Chalukyas and Hoysala kings had encouraged the Jainism. They have left innumerable shrines, Bastis (a.k.a. Basadis), Gomata statues and stambhas (pillars). The following is district-wise brief account of important Jain monuments of Karnataka ... '

Tibet: Tradition and Change. Exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum.

The Roman Baths, Bath, England. Virtual tour, history, etc.

Defendente Ferrari: Adoration of the Magi.

The Holy Family. 'Elegance, sophistication, and worldliness define this portrayal of Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child. '

Bronzino: St. John the Baptist.

Lorenzo Lotti: Madonna and Child with Two Donors.

Archives of Women in Science and Engineering.

Peculiar Arp 295. Astronomy picture.

Guardians of the Law: Chinese Luohan Paintings. Thanks jp.

Postcard from Tibet. 'The plateau was white, the way cold things are white, and the cold was startling as it bit down to us. The bus windows rattled in their metal casements and drafts rushed in through every crack. I huddled around myself, watching as the contours of land began to show, sculpted in gold, greys, white, and shadow. As we passed through a shallow gorge I saw a long-eared rabbit at an icy stream. I imagined his footpads on the frost. '

Iluminando Vidas (Illuminated Lives). 'Iluminando Vidas is the title of an exhibition on contemporary Mozambican photography which took place at three locations in Switzerland in 2002 and which will be shown in Mozambique in 2003 (see above). It is the first exhibition to present such a comprehensive view of Mozambican photography since the end of 16 years of civil war in 1992.'

Cuban Poster Art.

Seventeenth Century French Painting. 'The pictures on this tour date from about 1626 to 1653. Leading French painters of the period traveled to Rome, where they were influenced by contemporary Italian artists as well as High Renaissance masters and classical antiquity. In this age of the absolute monarchs Louis XIII and Louis XIV, French tastes stressed rationality, order, and idealization rather than realism or natural life. Such discipline led to the establishment, in 1648, of a royal art academy in Paris ... '

Boucher and Fragonard. 'During the eighteenth century, Enlightenment thinkers transformed western Europe into a modern society. Critical of orthodoxy, these philosophes radically changed the way men thought about religion, economics, political philosophy, and education. Their method was rational and secular, founded on a belief that the exercise of reason alone could reveal ultimate truths and move man to improve his condition. '
Venus Consoling Love.

Sven Torfinn: View of Africa.

Swahili Coast: Africa's Ancient Crossroads. Photographs.

The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-39. 'This online presentation includes over 13,000 images of items selected from the Federal Theatre Project Collection at the Library of Congress. Featured here are stage and costume designs, still photographs, posters, and scripts for productions of Macbeth and The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus as staged by Orson Welles, and for Power , a topical drama of the period (over 3,000 images). Also included are 68 other playscripts (6,500 images) and 168 documents selected from the Federal Theatre Project Administrative Records (3,700 images). The Federal Theatre Project was one of five arts-related projects established during the first term of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). '

The Aaron Copland Collection. 'The inaugural online presentation of the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress celebrates the centennial of the birth of the American composer Aaron Copland (1900-1990). The multiformat Aaron Copland Collection from which the online collection derives spans the years 1910 to 1990 and includes approximately 400,000 items documenting the multifaceted life of an extraordinary person who was composer, performer, teacher, writer, conductor, commentator, and administrator. It comprises both manuscript and printed music, personal and business correspondence, diaries, writings, scrapbooks, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, awards, books, sound recordings, and motion pictures. '

Copland House. 'Welcome to the web site of Copland House, Aaron Copland's long-time home near New York City, recently restored as a unique composers' retreat and creative center for American music. '

The Irving Fine Collection. 'The career of Irving Fine (1914-1962), composer, conductor, writer, and academic, is documented in the Library of Congress Music Division by approximately 4,350 items from the Irving Fine Collection. Comprising manuscript and printed music, sketchbooks, writings, personal and business correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, clippings, and sound recording ... '

432: Cosmic Key. 'A compendium of fact, theory and speculation relating to the number 432, and its primary divisors and multiples - 108, 216, 864, 1296; and also the number 9 - being the sum of digits 4+3+2; with excursions into many other mysterious and exotic phenomena. '

Postcards from Nepal.

Postcards from Cambodia.

Postcards from Hong Kong.

Chardin and Portraiture.

The Rococo and Watteau. 'In 1715 the French greeted a new king for the first time in seventy-two years. Louis XV, a boy only five years old, succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV, the Sun King, who had made France the preeminent power in Europe. For the next eight years the late king's nephew, the duc d'Orléans, governed as regent. His appetite for beauty and vivaciousness was well known, and he set aside the piety enforced by Louis XIV at Versailles. France turned away from imperial aspirations to focus on more personal -- and pleasurable -- pursuits. As political life and private morals relaxed, the change was mirrored by a new style in art, one that was intimate, decorative, and often erotic.'

Phobos. Images.
'Mars has two natural satellites, or moons, Phobos and Deimos. On 1 June 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft was slewed eastward to capture these views of the inner moon, Phobos, shortly before it set over the afternoon limb. Phobos orbits Mars about 3 times a day at a distance of about 6,000 km (3,728 mi). About 0.006 times the size of Earth's Moon, Phobos is a potato-shaped object with dimensions approximately 27 by 22 by 18 kilometers (about 17 by 14 by 11 miles) ... '

Leonard Bernstein Photo Gallery.

The United States at Night.
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