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It sounds exotic, but anime is just a shortened version of the Japanese word for animation. Don’t call them cartoons, though! Manga translates to “whimsical pictorial” and has been around since the early 1950s, although it originated in 1917. Learn about the history of this art form.
On August 21, 1872, Brighton England took on a delicate child. Aubrey Beardsley was born to Ellen Pitt and Vincent Beardsley under what his horoscope would later say was under “a strange configuration of the moon.” Learn about the life and art of Aubrey Beardsley.
Coal black, gray and brown horses that turn white; horses that can perform, dance and defy air by flying; and horses that go to school. Sounds like a fairy tale, but it is actually a magical horse breed called Lipizzaner.
Joan Miró created fantastical drawings and paintings that mirrored creative concepts in his head. Learn about the life and influences that made this unique artist who he was.
Fortune telling as a trade has a heritage longer than any written records show. Hundreds of methods of forecasting have been used and discarded over the centuries. Reading the future from the entrails of a killed animal is rare these days. However, other forms remain.
The unique folk art has as much artistry and skill as marquetry—a delicate and extremely skilled production of applying well-measured wood veneers in geometric patterns to furniture and it wasn’t made by hobos sitting around campfires.
Louisiana has some distinctions that make it entirely different from any other area in the United States. There are unique sayings and dialects in Louisiana, wholly different holiday celebrations and activities that shine a light on a culture that sets itself apart.
You have heard the sanitized version of the first Thanksgiving where the Indians and Pilgrims celebrated a joyous feast, but there is more. In fact, the real buried and hidden history is much more interesting.
Do you want the honest truth about a job you are considering? The unvarnished reality about your day-to-day calling? One man, Studs Terkel, accomplished this entire groundwork storehouse of knowledge.
Did you know you could leave your troubles behind and experience a renewal of spirit with a symbolic character who looms large in the character of Zozobra, at Las Fiestas de Santa Fe? Put this on your bucket list.
Thomas Harriot was just a whisper in history books. His curiosity pulled him into science and he accomplished some incredible things, and was a pioneer in several areas of science and mathematics. Why have we never heard about Thomas Harriot and his remarkable life?
What do a tin can, a safety pin and weapon ammunition would have in common? Similar to the “ Six degrees of separation” theory, there is a linear path of commonality between these three disparate objects. Learn the history behind some simple yet significant inventions.
Sarah bought an unremarkable five-room wooden farmhouse four miles outside of San Jose. Something compelled her to invest, and she paid $12,750 in gold coin for land with an unfinished cottage sitting on it. Who would envision it would become her mystery house and self-generated prison?
The Hope Diamond seems to have brought forth many things, but hope wasn’t one of them. It was an eerie omen to ill health, family disaster and evil history. Learn more about this mysterious gemstone.
He has been called a man-fish. Pioneer in oceanic adventure, Jacques Cousteau was an inventor, a filmmaker, a traveler and a lover of the deep dark blue sea. Learn about his life and his life’s work.
Painting not only helped Frida Kahlo (rhymes with hallow) get through difficult times, it also gave her unprecedented opportunity. She became one of the best and most recognizable Mexican artists of the twentieth century. Even today, she is a cult figure in a movement called “Fridolatry.”
They’re called ugly buzzards, scavengers, the undertakers of road kill: they are vultures. But vultures are not buzzards and they aren’t like hawks although in some parts of the world they are cousins. This bird of prey is good for the planet and their species may be in terrible trouble.
With his right creative brain, Borodin played instruments and wrote music; with his left, he jumped into science and languages: Russian, English, French, Italian and German. His only problem was juggling all his endeavors and closing the door on people who needed and bothered him.
For explorers, curiosity is always an unmet need. Most explorers make exploration their life’s work. Learn about two courageous women of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
An art critic’s unfavorable comment coined the name of the art style that became known as impressionism. Learn about post-Impressionist artist Georges Seurat and his unique painting method.