An Introduction to Photography in the Early 20th Century

Eastman Kodak Advertisement for the Brownie Camera, c. 1900 By Dr. Juliana Kreinik / 08.09.2015 Art Historian, Photographer Photography undergoes extraordinary changes in the early part of the twentieth century. This can be said of every other type of visual representation, however, but unique to photography is the transformed perception of the medium. In order[…]

Philipp Otto Runge’s “Times of Day”

Day from Times of Day, 1805, Philipp Otto Runge. Printmakers: Ephraim Gottlieb Krüger and Johann Adolph Darnstedt. Etching and Engraving. The Getty Research Institute, 2013.PR.35** By Dr. Louis Marchesano / 06.06.2013 Curator of Prints and Drawings Getty Research Institute I spoke with Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Gettyt Research Institute and a scholar of 18th- and[…]

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble? The Surprising Truth about the Real Macbeth

Macbeth: I’m not all bad. Honest. Studio Canal publicity Shakespeare cast the Scottish king as the ultimate villain, but you shouldn’t believe everything you see on stage or screen. By Dr. Alex Woolf / 10.12.2015 Senior Lecturer in Mediaeval History University of St. Andrews It is among the bloodiest and cruellest of plays. For some, even uttering its name can[…]

How Eclipses were Regarded as Omens in the Ancient World

More than 2,000 years ago, the Babylonians understood the cycle of eclipses. They also regarded them as signs that could foretell the death of a king. By Dr. Gonzalo Rubio / 08.08.2017 Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Pennsylvania State University On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse. Humans have been alternatively amused, puzzled,[…]

From the Pyramids to Stonehenge – Were Prehistoric People Astronomers?

Ricardo Liberato/wikimedia, CC BY-ND Understanding the past requires knowledge that goes beyond modern science. By Dr. Daniel Brown / 03.12.2018 Lecturer in Astronomy Nottingham Trent University Ever since humans could look up to see the sky, we have been amazed by its beauty and untold mysteries. Naturally then, astronomy is often described as the oldest of the sciences,[…]