Beauty in Service to Science: The Panoramas of Charles
'Smithsonian Institution Archives presents the panoramic photographs
of Charles D. Walcott. These breathtaking images were taken in the
Canadian Rockies, near British Columbia, Canada, in the early part of
the 20th century and carry both scientific and aesthetic value. '
Highway: A Journey to the Heart of Japan.
'This website is a project which takes the Nakasendo highway in Japan as
a metaphor through which a wide variety of topics are introduced.'
'The metaphor is a fictional trip through Japan on the Nakasendo highway
which stretches from Kyoto to Tokyo and flourished during the Edo
Period (when Tokyo was called Edo). Please use the icons at the left
to guide you through this site.'
Treasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian
'Armenia is the Biblical home of Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark finally
came to rest after the Flood. In AD 301 the Armenians adopted
Christianity as their official state religion, the first people to
do so. This outstanding exhibition celebrates the 1700th anniversary
of an event which is of great significance to all Christian nations,
and a landmark in the world's cultural history. '
'The church has come to play a central role in Armenian art and culture
and the exhibition reflects this by presenting a stunning display of
illuminated manuscripts, textiles, ceramics, crosses in precious metal
and sculptures in wood and stone.'
'All the drawings have been made by traveling along the shapes and
squiggles using Global Positioning System (GPS).'
'GPS Drawing was started in 2000 AD. After drawing a 13 mile long fish
over the roads of Oxfordshire, it soon became apparent that it couldn't
easily be shared on the screen of the GPS receiver. The GPSograph was
developed as a tool to render the drawing and this website was created
to show it with the world. '
The Jewish Encyclopaedia.
'This website contains the complete contents of the 12-volume Jewish
Encyclopedia, which was originally published between 1901-1906. The
Jewish Encyclopedia, which recently became part of the public domain,
contains over 15,000 articles and illustrations.'
'This online version contains the unedited contents of the original
encyclopedia. Since the original work was completed almost 100 years
ago, it does not cover a significant portion of modern Jewish History
(e.g., the creation of Israel, the Holocaust, etc.). However, it does
contain an incredible amount of information that is remarkably relevant
The Churchmouse. English church architecture. 'My main areas of
interest are Ecclesiastical Architecture, Stained Glass, Church
Monuments and other Funerary Monuments such as Cast Iron Grave Markers.
Popular, Literary and Scientific Pop-up Books.
'Pop-up books have long held a fascination for children and adults
alike. With their movable parts and the ability to change shapes and
spring surprises, these books incorporate topics ranging from animals
and anatomy to transportation. This exhibit of pop-up and movable part
books includes selections sure to please everyone. Whether the subject
is a popular movie such as Disney's Alice in Wonderland, a showcase of
new technologies, or a childhood favorite such as a Beatrix Potter
story, these pop-up books cover the gamut of topics of interest to
children and adults.'
Tales of Eloise. "... For generations of metro-area Detroiters,
Eloise Hospital stood at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Merriman Road
as a chilling reminder of what could happen to you if your life took a
Early Baseball Pictures.
'Library of Congress staff selected this sampler of thirty-four images
related to early baseball (1860s-1920s) from various files and
collections in the Prints and Photographs Division. The factors that
guided image selection included showing interesting games, some famous
players, a variety of teams, different types of pictorial formats, and
images with no copyright restrictions. '
'Wonder-rooms and curiosity cabinets appeared in the 1500s, as wealthy
Europeans displayed objects and specimens collected during trading voyages
and exploring expeditions. Books-such as these-allowed scientists and
collectors to share their observations ... '
Baubles, Bangles and Bling Bling: A World of Jewellery.
'Jewelry is meant for show; it is human plumage, designed to attract
attention and to impress the viewer. From the beaded necklaces of
ancient Egyptians to the flashy, large-scale "bling bling" worn by
hip-hop stars, sports heroes, and their fans, jewelry has always offered
complex social and cultural meanings ... '
The Canon of Reason and Virtue. A translation of
the Tao Te Ching, 1913.
'This booklet, The Canon of Reason and Virtue, is an extract from the
author's larger work, Lao-Tze's Tao Teh King, and has been published
for the purpose of making our reading public more familiar with that
grand and imposing figure Li Er, who was honored with the posthumous
title Poh-Yang, i. e., Prince Positive (representing the male or strong
principle); but whom his countrymen simply call Lao-tze, the Old
Wizard in Training: Thomas Alva Edison.
'Much of modern-day technology owes some debt to the work of Thomas Alva
Edison. His inventions such as an incandescent lighting system, the
phonograph, motion pictures, and nearly countless, lesser known others
laid the foundation for the explosive growth of technology that defined
the 20th century. His dizzying array of inventions dazzled his
contemporaries, who called him a wizard, and frustrated his rivals,
who found competing against Edison a serious business. By his death in
1931 Edison held almost 1100 patents and had achieved a celebrity rivaled
by few, if any, other inventors. He remains the United States' most
prolific inventor and his name has become virtually synonymous with
ingenuity, perseverance, and hard work ... '
Beacons Shining in the Night: The Lighthouses of
'Many people are fascinated by lighthouses. Lighthouses were created
to serve a commercial function as navigational aids. However, over the
years these beacons in the night have also taken on a symbolic value
that goes far beyond their practical purpose. The Clarke Historical
Library has a large number of books and other materials documenting
Michigan's lighthouses. This exhibit features much of that material. '
The Birth of Recording.
'What is sound? Sounds are really just rapidly vibrating waves in the air.
Those waves make our eardrums vibrate, but instead of feeling the
vibrations, our brains translate them into sounds. Translating waves
from one form to another is also a key to understanding sound recording
technologies. In the 1800s, many scientists studied sound waves and human
hearing. Some of them, such as Eduoard-Leon Scott de Martinville and
Alexander Graham Bell, constructed machines called Phonautographs to
capture the waves and translate them into visible form-drawings on paper
or on a sheet of smoked glass ... '
A Case of Curiosities.
Fine art taxidermy. 'Taxidermy and assemblage inspired by 18th & 19th
century French, German and Russian fairy tales, the curiosity cabinets
(wunderkammer) of the 16th-19th centurys, Victorian grotesque taxidermy,
Surrealism and a touch of the circus sideshow.'
The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Massive Resistance. 'Massive Resistance
became Virginia's policy to prevent school desegregation in the wake of
the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954. Many of
Virginia's white leaders resisted integration with all of their
considerable political and legal means. The story of massive resistance
and of black Virginians' protests against segregation began in the early
1950s and continues today. The film traces the history of massive
resistance in Virginia and considers some of its legacies.'
The Zora Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress. 'The Zora
Neale Hurston Plays at the Library of Congress present a selection of
ten plays written by Hurston (1891-1960), author, anthropologist, and
folklorist. Deposited in the United States Copyright Office between 1925
and 1944, most of the plays remained unpublished and unproduced until
they were rediscovered in the Copyright Deposit Drama Collection in
1997. The plays reflect Hurston's life experience, travels, and
research, especially her study of folklore in the African-American
South. Totaling 1,068 images, the scripts are housed in the Library's
Manuscript, Music, and Rare Books and Special Collections Divisions.'
Therapist. An online multi-authored 'soap opera' about a company
therapist working in Silicon Valley. No new stories have been added for
a few years, but it's fascinating to read the various interlocking
plots, transcripts of sessions, patients' drawings and background. Click
around; there's a lot to see here.
of an American road trip. 'We set out from Las Vegas on September 7th,
2002 and headed northeast. Our trip would last 8 days.'
Illuminating the Renaissance: The Triumph of Flemish
Manuscript Painting in Europe.
'From 1400 to 1550 European manuscript painting enjoyed a glorious final
flowering - particularly in Flanders (part of modern-day Belgium and
'Here, a selection of high-quality images from some of the finest
Flemish manuscripts in the British Library accompanies a time line
of contemporary European events. Some of these images have never been
Art in Wartime. Outsider art.
'War produces many things. In this special exhibit, we present
response to war by our artists.'
'This is the journal of an accidental absurdartist, amateur
photographer, amateur astronomer, not a bad cook (again, amateur),
husband, father, professional nurse and a real life pseudo-intellectual
the Edge. Abstract art. 'Within my images, I
explore and experiment with colors, patterns, and
textures as I attempt to reconcile many differing
Upon closer scrutiny many elements including:
impressionism, expressionism, abstraction, surrealism,
and naturalism come into view.
The subject in which I am particularly interested is
but many others, including figuratives and landscapes,
can be found within my art.'
Prague and art. 'Described by a noted contemporary
as "the greatest art patron in the world," Rudolf II
Habsburg (1552-1612), king of Hungary and Bohemia, and
Holy Roman Emperor, raised court patronage in
post-Renaissance Europe to a new level of breadth and
extravagance. The thriving city and era over which he
reigned, from 1583 until his death twenty-nine years
later, is known as Rudolfine Prague. Seat of the
emperor almost uninterruptedly from the mid-fourteenth
century, Prague became, under Rudolf's guidance, one
of the leading centers of the arts and sciences on the
continent. His taste for outstanding decoration and
fantastic imagery were legendary, while his ambition
and insight as a patron and collector changed the way
art would be viewed by future generations.'
Wall. Virtual tour. 'Only forty years after the
Roman invasion, the Imperial army had overrun almost
the whole of Britain. With their great victory at Mons
Graupius (AD 84) in the Grampian Mountains of modern
Scotland, the Latin peoples made themselves the new
masters of the Isles. However, troubles elsewhere in
the Empire soon led to troop withdrawals and, by about
AD 105, the Northern border of the Empire was set at
Stanegate, the road running between the supply bases
of Carlisle (Cumberland) and Corbridge
(Northumberland). The Emperor Hadrian then visited
Britain and decided to formalise the arrangement by
building an eighty Roman mile stone wall as a frontier
to keep out the troublesome Picts. Work was begun in
AD 122 and was probably completed by the end of the
decade. Though the area was abandoned for a push north
in the AD 140s, by AD 161, it was firmly established
as the Imperial border ... '
Peterson Illustration. 'I love old advertising,
and am influenced by antiques, lingerie, toys, and
good ol' rock & roll. I started reading and collecting
MAD Magazine in the sixth grade. Love the wit and
wisdom of Dr. Suess, Shel Silverstein, Jim Henson. I
am astounded by Gil Elvgrin, Egon Schiele, Ed Roth,
and whoever invented Spongebob Squarepants….. and
The Battle of Midway.
'These artistic representations of the battle of Midway are an important
supplement for the historical record of the event. Because the two
opposing fleets never came face to face, a number of significant
incidents of the battle are unrecorded, and these artworks help fill the
gaps. Derived from eyewitness accounts and official photographs, these
images are prime examples of what the public was given to visualize this
The Alfred Agate Collection: The United States Exploring Expedition,
'The artworks used in this exhibition are taken from the "Agate
Collection" of drawings at the Navy Art Collection. Alfred Agate created
many of these during his service with the United States Exploring
Expedition, 1838-1842 or in the preparation of the report of the
Expedition. On his death in 1846 the drawings passed to his widow,
Elizabeth Hill Kennedy Agate, who later married Dr. William J. C. Du
Hamel of Washington, D.C. In 1926, one of her daughters from this
marriage, Elizabeth A. Du Hamel, sold them to the Naval Historical
Foundation. The Naval Historical Foundation donated them to the Navy Art
Collection in 1998.'
'Note that while Agate witnessed many of the scenes included here, some
he did not and therefore those images must be based on other eyewitness
accounts or sketches. Also, in referring to the illustration credits as
listed in the five volume Narrative of the United States Exploring
Expedition, some of the illustrations in this collection are ascribed to
someone other than Alfred Agate. We accept these attributions, noting
that the drawings of this exhibit were included in the Du Hamel sale,
and that while his health permitted, Agate participated in working
sketches of the expedition into illustrations for the published report.
Many of the drawings have identifications written on them by someone who
tried to organize the collection at an unknown later date ... '
Tan. 'Welcome to Loke Kun Tan's Astrophotography
website which displays photographic images of
celestial objects adorning our night skies. Some of
the objects are visible to the naked eye, such as the
bright and spectacular Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp.
Other objects, such as gaseous nebulae and galaxies,
can be extremely faint and are visually evident only
in telescopes or through long exposure photography. '
Cathedral. 'On August 1, 1534 Abbot William
Malvern Parker acknowledged the Royal Supremacy of the
Church in England. Within two years Parliament would
pass an act to dissolve all monasteries with incomes
under £200 per year; by 1539 the remaining monasteries
were abolished and land seized by the crown. St.
Peter's Abbey in Gloucester was officially closed on
January 2, 1540. For many Abbey Churches and monastic
houses, the Act of 1539 was the last judgement. Some
churches were sold to local parishes and continued to
function as spiritual centres, but during the
Henrician Reformation at least seventeen Roman
Catholic Cathedrals were destroyed. Henry VIII
intended to create new Dioceses and to establish new
Bishoprics in England. Of the intended twenty one new
Bishoprics, Gloucester was one of six that was
actually preserved. In September 1541 it was made the
Cathedral Church of the Holy and Invisible Trinity in
the newly created diocese of Gloucester. Why was St.
Peter's Abbey spared the wrath of iconoclasts and
Henry VIII? Although Gloucester was an important city,
and the building itself is architecturally
significant, its salvation was likely the result of
its connection to the Monarchy, or the Monarchy's
connection to it. Upon elevating the Abbey Church to a
Cathedral, Henry VIII made the observation that
'considering the site of the late monastery in which
the monument of our renowned ancestor the King of
England [Edward II] is erected, is a fit and proper
Bogen: The Pen and the Sword. "To be creative
during the Holocaust was also a protest.
Each man when standing face to face with cruel danger,
with death, reacts in his own way.
The artist reacts in an artistic way. This is his
Government 'is an unprecedented coalition of
journalists, consumer and good government groups,
environmentalists, labor and others united out of a
concern for what U.S. News and World Report called a
"shroud of secrecy" descending over our local, state
and federal governments. We're focused on making the
federal government a more open place to make us safer,
strengthen public trust in government, and support our
democratic principles. '
Hudson. "Here you'll find Mosaic Art on mirrors,
many in a Western Cowboy Style, Whimsical Watercolor
and Pastel Paintings, Pen and Ink Drawings and
Abstract acrylic paintings on paper or canvas! "No
matter what the subject matter or medium, interesting
shapes and patterns and a playful freedom characterize
my work. Not interested in reproducing things as I see
them, I would much rather express a unique viewpoint,
emotion, fun or drama! My greatest reward is when
others appreciate my unique approach and understand
what I have to say whether it be in jest or in
earnest. When my work is understood, I know I've
communicated well through the most eloquent of