Showcase: Watanabe Seitei

A beautiful collection of woodblock prints from the prominent Kacho-ga artist, Watanabe Seitei. He was one of the first Japanese painters to visit Europe for attending the 1878 International Exhibition and was also awarded a medal.

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10 Famous Museums and Art Galleries You Can Visit Online

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

Due to the recent outbreak of Covid-19, countries around the world have instituted quarantine, which means that many of us are forced to stay home.

But this does not have to be boring. Not at all.

Google Arts And Culture have partnered with over 1,200 museums and galleries from all over the world to bring everyone virtual tours and exhibitions of some of the world’s most museums and art galleries.

To make sure that you don’t miss the opportunity to virtually visit these museums, we’ve made a list of ten world-famous galleries that you can explore right from the comfort of your own home.

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A Brief History of The Book (in Seven Pictures)

The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time from author Keith Houston explores the history of the book, from the Bible up through illuminated manuscripts, early book-binding, the printing press and beyond.

From parchment and papyrus to paper, from calligraphy to typesetting, enjoy some of the most striking images from Houston’s work, showing how the physical presentation of a large grouping of words has evolved over time. Continue reading “A Brief History of The Book (in Seven Pictures)”

5 Lost Books that Could Have Changed The World

Ever since we first invented the written language and decided to try and document our experiences and pass down knowledge, there has also been the risk of losing certain books. Paper does burn, which is a tragic statement given the context.

Of course, we will never know about all the great books that have been lost during the ages, but we do have some clues as to what some of them contained.

Here are five lost books that could have changed the world.

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Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

First of all, I’d say that this book should be read by the open minded, by those who can accept certain views and theories about us that not everyone can stomach. From sexuality to economics to religion and almost everything in between, Sapiens is the kind of book that challenges your beliefs about what it means to be human.

It is a refreshing read. It is quite interesting. And it is well worth a try.

Of course, like I previously said, there are parts in this book that you’ll wish wouldn’t be true. That the society we built for ourselves is far from perfect, far from ideal, and that we are still to understand who we were and how we ended up being who we are now.

Queen Portrait Vandalized

queenA portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was vandalized with spray paint Thursday at Westminster Abbey by a 41 year old man, who was a member of Fathers 4 Justice, a protest group that campaigns on behalf of fathers denied access to their children.

The man wrote “Help” on the 9-foot by 11-foot portrait of the British monarch.

[via Huffington Post]