Lincolnshire Country Houses. Virtual tours. 'What
follows is a one week tour of South-west Lincolnshire
by car, including excursions into neighbouring
counties. The tour is centered on the village of
Ropsley just to the east of Grantham ... '
Landscapes and the Korean Edition of Yuzhi Bizangquan
from the Nanzenji Sutra Collection. 'In the
collection of the entire Buddhist canon (J., issaikyô)
from Nanzenji are nineteen volumes (scroll seventeen
missing from an original set of twenty handscrolls,
which were later remounted into accordion books) of
the Korean Goreyo-dynasty (918–1392) edition of Yuzhi
Bizangquan, a compilation of a thousand annotated
verses in twenty volumes elucidating Buddhist
teachings by Taizong (r. 976–997), the second emperor
of the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127) in China. The
Goryeo edition—produced to pray for the retreat of the
invading Mongolian Khitai tribe—took over seventy-five
years to complete, beginning in the second reign year
of the Goreyo emperor Hyeonjong (1011). This edition
was the earliest carved set of the entire Buddhist
cannon in Korea and based on the Kaibao edition, an
imperially commissioned set of the entire Buddhist
cannon that was carved and printed in China during the
early Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). The imperially
commissioned Kaibao edition of the Northern Song
dynasty met much destruction during attacks from the
Jin army and with the exception of fragmentary
segments and pieces only about ten scrolls are known
to be in extant. The Goryeo woodblocks, later used to
reproduce this original edition, were also destroyed
during Mongolian invasions in Gojong 19 (1232). The
remaining manuscripts of this first carved Goreyo
edition are also few, making these rare printed
scriptures invaluable ... '
Orders in the Medieval World. And art
history. 'The mendicant friars were bound by a vow
of absolute poverty and dedication to an ascetic way
of life. They lived as Christ did, renouncing property
and traveling the world to preach. Their survival was
dependent upon the good will of their listeners. It
was this way of life that gave them their name,
"mendicant," derived from the Latin mendicare, meaning
"to beg." Unlike monks of the Cistercian or
Benedictine orders, mendicants spread God's word in
the cities. They were active in community life,
teaching, healing, and helping the sick, poor, and
destitute. Their personal maxim was: sibi soli vivere
sed et aliis proficere ("not to live for themselves
only but to serve others") ... '
and Wall Painting in Late Byzantine Art. 'Fresco
painting from the later Byzantine period reveals much
about the mobility of artistic techniques and styles.
The restoration and decoration of the Chora Monastery
in Constantinople (1316–21), funded by the scholar
Theodore Metochites, conveys the great skill and
versatility of Byzantine artists. The church
originally contained an extensive cycle of the Life of
the Virgin and the Infancy and Ministry of Christ. An
interesting feature of these designs, a resplendent
mixture of mosaic and painting, is the use of
perspective in the treatment of space, one reason that
certain scholars call this period the "Westernization"
of Byzantium. It is possible that the presence of
Westerners during the Latin occupation had much to do
with these new forms of painting. This spread of
Western styles affected many areas within the
Byzantine sphere. The fresco decorations of the
Peribleptos Monastery (1350–75) in Mistra reveal an
interest in the treatment of space and movement
comparable to work by Western artists. This church
possesses many relics, including those of Saint John
the Baptist, who is depicted in the fresco showing the
Baptism of Christ. Another relic at this church is
the head of Saint Gregory of Nazianzos, which was
popular with Western pilgrims...'
Great personal blog, great photography.
Kitta. Really good
personal blog from Australia. Pleasant to look at.
Together: The Heritage of the East Midlands Knitting
Industry. 'Welcome to the new look Knitting
Together website. The navigation bar above provides
access to our virtual museum, project themes,
interactive exhibits and a range of other information.
To the right is our timeline that tells the story of
the East Midlands knitting industry over the past four
hundred years. During the next few months we will
continue to add many new images and exciting features
to the site. Sound, video, interactive tours, virtual
exhibitions, and places to visit will provide an
insight to the history of the East Midlands knitting
industry ... '
Wizards, 1928. 'Enchantments, Wizards, Witches,
Magic Spells, Nixy Queens, Giants, Fairy White
Reindeer, and glittering Treasures flourish in these
tales from the Baltic Lands--Lapland (both Finnish and
Scandinavian), Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and
Lithuania.' 'And their setting is the Long Winter
Night with its brilliant play of Northern Lights over
the snow-covered tundra; or the brief Arctic
summer--its sun burning night and day--with its birds,
flowers, insect-clouds, singing waters, and almost
tropic heat; or the golden sunshine of the southern
amber coast.' 'But it is the Northern Lights
themselves, flashing and flaming through the dark
heavens, that cast their mystic weirdness over many of
these tales molded by the peculiar imagination of the
Asiatic and European East Baltic folk ... '
Byzantium: Faith and Power. 'The third exhibition
in a chronological series devoted to the art and
influence of Byzantine civilization, this major
international loan exhibition demonstrates the
artistic and cultural significance of the last
centuries of the state that called itself "the Empire
of the Romans." The exhibition begins in 1261, when
the capital Constantinople was restored to imperial
rule, and concludes in 1557, when the empire that had
fallen to the Ottoman Turks in 1453 was renamed
Byzantium—the name by which it is still known today.
The importance of the era is primarily demonstrated
through the arts created for the Orthodox church and
for the churches of other East Christian states that
aspired to be the heirs to the empire's power. The
impact of its culture on the Islamic world and the
Latin-speaking West is also explored—especially the
influence of the Christian East on the development of
the Renaissance ... ' Gallery.
Now: Contemporary Art from the Pacific 'takes as
its departure point the popular perception of the
Pacific as a paradise, a worn cliché refreshed
seasonally by tourist operators, drinking water
companies, pearl traders, and other enterprises. While
acknowledging the persistence of such perceptions of
their region, the fifteen artists included in this
exhibition provide an alternative, more complex vision
of the Pacific--one based in the experience of
day-to-day life in the region ... '
Music from the Civil War Era 'makes available
examples of a brilliant style of brass band music that
flourished in the 1850s in the United States and
remained popular through the nineteenth century. Bands
of this kind served in the armies of both the North
and the South during the Civil War. This online
collection includes both printed and manuscript music
(mostly in the form of "part books" for individual
instruments) selected from the collections of the
Music Division of the Library of Congress and the
Walter Dignam Collection of the Manchester Historic
Association (Manchester, New Hampshire). The
collection features over 700 musical compositions, as
well as 8 full-score modern editions and 19 recorded
examples of brass band music in performance. ' Civil
War band photo gallery.
War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment: Selections from
the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers documents the Civil
War experience of Captain Tilton C. Reynolds, a member
of the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers.
Comprising 164 library items, or 359 digital images,
this online presentation includes correspondence,
photographs, and other materials dating between 1861
and 1865. The letters feature details of the
regiment's movements, accounts of military
engagements, and descriptions of the daily life of
soldiers and their views of the war. Forty-six of the
letters are also made available in transcription.'
Photographs by Tracey. 'my name is tracey and i'm
twenty two years old. i live in sydney
australia with my husband regan. currently i'm a
trying to get a start in photography.' 'shutterbug
is a collection of my latest photographs.'
Lichens of North America.
'This website grew out of the activities of Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff,
who did the photographic fieldwork for the book Lichens of North
America, by Irwin M.Brodo and the Sharnoffs, published in November, 2001
by Yale University Press. For more information about the book, please go
to The Book. For a brief introduction to lichen biology and how lichens
interact with the greater environment, go to Lichen Biology and the
Environment . Information about lichens and wildlife, including
invertebrates, can be found at Lichens and Wildlife. For a description
of how people have made use of lichens, including an extensive
bibliographical database, click on Lichens and People. Check out the
Useful Links page for many useful connections to this project and to the
world of lichens. '
Kiowa Drawings in the National Anthropological Archives.
'The Smithsonian's collections of Kiowa drawings include works of art on
buffalo hide and more recent examples on paper, a medium that Kiowa
artists adopted after it became widely available in the late nineteenth
century. Together, these drawings offer a unique source of information
on tribal social and artistic traditions.'
'The best-known bodies of Kiowa graphic art are the drawings produced by
Kiowa men imprisoned at Fort Marion in the 1870s and the work produced
in the twentieth century by the Kiowa Five, a group of artists who
studied at the University of Oklahoma. The National Anthropological
Archives has excellent material from both of these important traditions,
plus many other drawings that provide a bridge between the two.'
Kirtling Parish Church. An English parish church and the history of
its community over the centuries.
'The parish church is much more than the repository of the local
community's faith. It is a record of the twists and turns in the history
- religious, political, and social - of the whole country. The
architectural details of the building itself are full of clues which can
be followed by the informed eye. Some churches still retain details that
pre-date the Norman Conquest whilst others have histories that do not
stretch back nearly so far. But whatever the case, most parish churches
can bear at least some scrutiny and repay the visitor with a greater
sense of history. '
'Take Kirtling Parish Church, in Cambridgeshire. Christians have
worshipped here for over a thousand years, and the church has been
altered and changed many times along the way. Tracing its history is a
business of piecing together clues from looking at the actual fabric of
the building both inside and outside, from the landscape around the
church, and from documentary records ... '
'Jeff Brouws has been photographing various aspects of
American culture over the past 15 years. His work has
been published in Highway : America's Endless Dream
(Stewart, Tabori and Chang 1997), Inside the Live
Reptile Tent : The Twilight World of the Carnival
Midway (Chronicle Books 2000), Twentysix Abandoned
Gasoline Stations (Gas -N- Go Publications, 1992) and
the forthcoming Readymades : A Catalog of American
Artifacts (Chronicle Books 2003). '
Fairy Tales. 'Enjoy the adventures of the mighty
knight Ruslan, the beautiful "dead" princess, Ivan
Tsarevich, Prince Gvidon and many many others in this
collection of Russian fairy tales. For most of these
stories, a long version (for those who want more
details) and short version (for those want a summary)
are available. '
of the Lotus 'is an international company which
purveys magnificent antique jeweled adornments and
artifacts from the Indian sub-continent.' Indian and
Landscape in the Vicinity of Louveciennes
(Autumn). 'Within a few hundred yards of his home,
Camille Pissarro painted a view of peasants working in
a shady, wooded garden alongside a group of village
houses. In the foreground, a woman carrying a bucket
pauses to talk with a young boy carrying his school
satchel over his shoulder. The gray sky and the trees
losing their leaves indicate autumn.'
Sunrise (Marine). 'In the muted palette of the
emerging dawn, Claude Monet portrayed the industrial
port of Le Havre on the northern coast of France. The
brilliant orange of the rising sun glimmers amid the
damp air and dances on the gentle rippling water,
lighting up its iridescent blues and greens. Barely
discernible through a cool haze, pack boats on the
left billow smoke from their stacks. Painted during
the spring of 1873 as the country struggled to rebuild
following the Franco-Prussian war, this Sunrise might
also metaphorically suggest a new day dawning in
Be Rude: Part I, Kindness. 'You may think that
etiquette doesn't matter, that grapefruit spoons are
for sissies and no one should hold the door anymore.
Think again, jerk. Margaret Berry weighs in with her
first of a four-part series on being polite.' Good
Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland.
'Over a seven year period, a well known rare book dealer in Victoria,
R.D.Hilton Smith gathered almost 500 books for the collection. The
collection includes more than 200 editions of Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland usually accompanied by Through the Looking Glass and displays
the work of more than 80 illustrators. The collection includes the 1866
official first edition to a calf-bound set that bears Alice Hargreaves'
(Alice's married name) signature. The collection also includes parodies
and imitations, musical and stage productions, film stills,
translations, as well as other works by and about Carroll ... '
Eccentrics. 'Soga Shohaku, whose work initially resembled Muromachi-
period (1336-1573) ink painting, ultimately devised wild, almost surreal
depictions of ghosts, demons, and bizarre Zen-like images. '
'Ito Jakuchu, like Rosetsu, worked in both ink and color, producing
monochrome portrayals of animals, vegetables, and Zen-inspired subjects
as well as colorful images of birds, flowers and animals remarkable for
their vibrancy, detail, and refinement. '
The U. Nahon Museum of Italian Jewish Art. 'Housed in the former
Schmidt Compound's building in the heart of Jerusalem, the U. Nahon
Museum of Italian Jewish Art is one of Jerusalem's most precious
'Founded in 1981, it was set up to collect, preserve and display objects
pertaining to Jewish life in Italy from the Middle Ages through the
present. In addition to the permanent collection, a number of temporary
exhibits are held throughout the year covering a wide range of topics
related to Italian Jewry, as well as conferences, concerts and guided
tours suitable for all ages and interests.'
The Cycle of the Year.
The Cycle of Life.
All Aboard Toronto! 'Welcome to the Toronto Public Library's first
virtual exhibition. All Aboard Toronto! - Railways and the Growth of a
City celebrates the role that railways have played in the history and
development of Toronto. The images shown are from the Library's Special
Collections as well as some loaned items. '
Tsuchita Koitsu. 'The landscape prints of Tsuchiya Koitsu are
notable for their dramatic use of light and shadow. Born near Hamamatsu
with the name "Koichi", Koitsu moved to Tokyo at age of fifteen. He
planned to apprentice with a woodblock carver named Matsuzaki who worked
for the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. Instead, he became Kiyochika's
student and moved into his home to study art and print design. Koitsu
lived there for 19 years, working and studying with Kiyochika. Much of
his skill at depicting light can be attributed to his studies with
Palestine in the 1930s:
A Photoessay. 'Eduard Fischer, who created the images of Palestine
presented, was born in Berlin, Germany, on October 7, 1907. In 1931 his
older brother Nathan established himself in Jerusalem as an engineer. In
1932, Nathan helped Eduard (as well as his parents, sister Minna, and
'kid' brother Heini) join him in Jerusalem and escape Nazi Germany
(Nathan, at over 90, still lives in Jerusalem with his wife Lotte. Heini
also lives in Jerusalem with his wife Judith). '
'A s a means of support, Eduard became a self-trained freelance
journalist. In 1939 he traveled to the United States to photograph the
World's Fair. He decided to remain in the United States when he met and
married Anneliese. In 1994 Eduard was still taking pictures and playing
his favorite sport, tennis. Now 89, Eduard has stopped playing tennis
but is still taking pictures, living in Florida, and vacationing in
London's Abandoned Tube
'London Underground are ridiculously possessive about their abandoned
- most requests to visit the stations fall on spoilsport ears.
So for those who have wondered what those old stations look like, I
hope the following photos will be of interest. '
Canela Body Adornment.Photographs. 'Among the Canela of Brazil,
adorning the body enhances appearance, signals changes in social
identity, and expresses culturally prescribed values.'
'Canela men's and women's bodies receive different cosmetic treatment,
corresponding to perceived differences between the two sexes. Socially
responsible men should be receptive to orders from elders and chiefs,
but first their ears must be opened, physically and symbolically ... '
Aldus Pius Manutius. 'This exhibition is about the life and work of
the greatest editor, publisher and printer of the Italian Renaissance,
Aldus Pius Manutius. Manutius was born in 1452 at Bassiano, a hilltown
some 80 km south of Rome. Between 1467 and 1473 he was a student in the
Faculty of Arts in the University of Rome where he developed a passion
for Classics. In the late 1470's he attended the University of Ferrara,
where he studied Greek under the distinguished humanist and educator
Battista Guarino (1435-1505). From 1480 he was employed as tutor to the
children of the Duke of Carpi, near Ferrara. '
'In 1489 Aldus decided to abandon teaching for the rough-and-tumble of
publishing. He moved to Venice, the centre of the European publishing
industry, where he entered into a partnership with an established
printer, Andrea Torresano (1451-1529), who supplied expertise and
material resources to the new company, and Pierfrancesco Barbarigo, a
member of one of the Venetian ducal families, who contributed financial
backing and arranged political support. Aldus managed the printing shop,
selected the texts to be published, made editorial decisions, and
arranged for the marketing of the books. He probably owned only ten
percent of the firm he headed from its inception in 1494 until his death
in February 1515, although he presumably improved his stake by marrying
Maria Torresano, his partner's daughter, in 1505. Aldus was succeeded in
the publishing business by his youngest son, Paolo, and later by his
grandson Aldo II, who headed the firm until 1598 ... '
Alfred Tennyson, 1809-1892. 'The Tennyson exhibit in 1992 marked an
important event — the Tennyson centenary. Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
was acclaimed very early in life as "the greatest poet of our
generation, perhaps of our century" (letter of Arthur Hallam to William
Gladstone, the future Prime Minister, September 1829). Tennyson's longer
works, such as his religious poem In Memoriam (1850) and his Arthurian
epic Idylls of the King (published in stages over a forty-year period),
soon established themselves among the central, canonical works of
English literature. Many of his shorter poems, such as "The Brook," "The
May-Queen," and "The Charge of the Light Brigade," entered popular
culture as songs or recitation-pieces. His poetry has spoken to
intellectuals, to aesthetes, and to more ordinary readers for more than
150 years. Tennyson, more than any other British Poet Laureate, gave
that oft-derided position a genuine literary distinction, and Tennyson
was the first English poet ever given a peerage "for services to
literature." His was a unique career in the close interrelations it
demonstrates between a highly individual creative artist and the culture
of his age. '
Red Voltaire. A current
affairs journal from Chile. Site in Spanish. Interesting perspective.
Algiers: The Right Bank. New Orleans local history. 'Most of us
know it as the "West Bank" (some detractors have called it the "worst
bank," only to be countered by defenders who insist that it's the "best
bank). Historically, though, the section of Orleans Parish across the
Mississippi River from the "city proper" was always known as the "Right
Bank." Indeed, during the years from 1846 to 1870, the area was governed
by the Police Jury of the Parish of Orleans on the Right Bank of the
River Mississippi. Since 1870 Algiers has been known as the Fifth
Municipal District of the City of New Orleans. '
'For most of its history Algiers was a village sandwiched between the
commercial activity on the River and the agricultural activity of the
vast majority of its 13,000 acres. With the opening of the Greater New
Orleans Mississippi River Bridge in 1958, the Right Bank of New Orleans
began to take on the appearance of a modern suburb, with new brick
houses built on slab foundations, shopping centers and country clubs.
But Old Algiers, centered in the Algiers Point neighborhood, still
retains much of the appearance and pace of the quiet village of years
past ... '
'The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. 'In the summer of 1909, a
world's fair, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, took place on the
grounds of the University of Washington. The fair shaped the campus in
ways that are visible today, creating the Rainier Vista and Drumheller
Fountain. For many years, some of the former fair buildings were used by
the University; today only Architecture Hall and Cunningham Hall remain.
Landscaping for the fair was done by the famous firm of Olmsted
Brothers, whose plan influenced all later designs for the campus.
' 'A succession of world's fairs took place in the United States
following the tremendous popularity of the World's Columbian Exposition,
held in Chicago in 1893. Local civic boosters successfully developed
plans for such a fair in Seattle, intended to promote the region's
economic and cultural ties to Alaska, the Canadian Northwest, and the
Pacific Rim. The exposition opened on the grounds of the University of
Washington on June 1, 1909 ... '
Albert A. Michelson: A Virtual Tour of a Life in Science. 'My
greatest inspiration is a challenge to attempt the impossible." --
Albert A. Michelson'
'Albert A. Michelson, USNA Class of 1873, was one of the giants in the
scientific world of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
He was born on December 19, 1852 in Strelno, Prussia. When he was two,
his parents moved to the United States. He grew up in Murphys,
California and in 1873 graduated from the United States Naval Academy.
Michelson maintained a teaching career as a professor of physics at
various institutions, beginning that career at the Naval Academy in
1875. He was the second American citizen, and the first American
scientist, to become a Nobel Laureate, receiving the Nobel Prize in
Physics in 1907 ... '
The Straight Dope. Satire and
politics. 'Hello and welcome to the official Internet home of Cecil
Adams, World's Smartest Human Being, and his famous syndicated column
The Straight Dope. Here you will find all manner of things relating to
the column and the vast Straight Dope media empire ... '
Van Gogh in
Nuenen. 'This site shows you spots painted by
Vincent van Gogh during his stay in Nuenen
You can see those spots as they are today as well. '
Art and Ritual from Nepal and Tibet. 'Buddhist Art
and Ritual in Nepal and Tibet conveys the way art
functions in a traditional Tantric Buddhist altar. It
suggests the integration of art and ritual that is
fundamental to understanding the true meanings of
these objects as part of living cultural traditions.
As a context-oriented approach to the presentation of
art, it complements the chronological and stylistic
display of painting and sculpture in the Ackland's
Yager Gallery of Asian Art.'
'For this two-year installation, the Ackland Art
Museum borrowed twenty paintings, sculptures and other
sacred objects from museums with significant
collections of Himalayan Art -- The Los Angeles County
Museum of Art, The Newark Museum and the Rose Art
Museum at Brandeis University. Ackland curators
selected the works of art and Venerable Tenzin Gephel,
from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York, was
invited to place them in their appropriate setting.
This installation will be brought to life by the
Namgyal monks during their three-and-a-half week
construction of a Medicine Buddha sand mandala in the
gallery from February 26 - March 21, 2001.'
Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. 'Saint Patrick on his
journey through Ireland is said to have passed through
Dublin. In a well close to where the cathedral now
stands, he is reputed to have baptised converts from
paganism to Christianity. To commemorate his visit, a
small wooden church was built on this site, one of the
four Celtic parish churches in Dublin.' 'In 1191,
under John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman archbishop of
Dublin, Saint Patrick's was raised to the status of a
cathedral and the present building, the largest church
in the country, was erected between 1200 and 1270.
Over the centuries as the elements, religious
reformation and persecution took their toll, the
cathedral fell into serious disrepair, despite many
attempts to restore it. Eventually between 1860 and
1900 a full-scale restoration based on the original
design, was carried out by the Guinness family ...
' With a virtual
Old Indian Legends, 1901. 'These legends are
relics of our country's once virgin soil. These and
many others are the tales the little black-haired
aborigine loved so much to hear beside the night fire.
' 'For him the personified elements and other
spirits played in a vast world right around the center
fire of the wigwam. ' 'Iktomi, the snare weaver,
Iya, the Eater, and Old Double-Face are not wholly
fanciful creatures. ' 'There were other worlds of
legendary folk for the young aborigine, such as "The
Star- Men of the Sky," "The Thunder Birds Blinking
Zigzag Lightning," and "The Mysterious Spirits of
Trees and Flowers." ... '
Insane Asylum '(aka Western Pennsylvania Hospital
for the Insane) is located 20 minutes from downtown
Pittsburgh on Route 65 in Killbuck Township. The
hospital opened in 1859 and was named after the social
reformer Dorothea Dix. Dorothea was a soft-spoken
crusader for the proper care and treatment of the
mentally insane and chose the 400 acre site for the
hospital. When it opened Dixmont had 140 beds, but
during the latter part of the 1900's the hospital was
filled with over 1,000 patients ... '