Karl Marx on His 200th Birthday

Karl Marx Monument in Chemnitz, in eastern Germany. AP Photo/Jens Meyer A scholar of literary radicalism asks whether Marx’s writings are at all relevant to the world’s struggles with inequality today and why he’s no longer being relegated to the dustbin of history. By Dr. Barbara C. Foley / 05.04.2018 Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies Rutgers[…]

Year-Long Production Underway to Bring the Sistine Chapel to Life

Technicians attend a rehearsal of the show Universal Judgment: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, directed by Marco Balich, on March 13 near the Vatican. The Vatican Museums, which house the Sistine Chapel, provided high-definition digital reproductions of the frescoes in the hall at a reduced rate because they acknowledged the educational value of[…]

Symbolism, Typology, and Methodology in the Renaissance Art of Perio della Francesca

Piero della Francesca, Flagellation of Christ, c. 1455-65, oil and tempera on wood, 58.4 × 81.5 cm (Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, Italy) By Christine Zappella / 08.09.2015 PhD Student in Medieval and Early Modern Art University of Chicago Flagellation of Christ The subject of the Flagellation Piero della Francesca’s Flagellation of Christ is proof that, sometimes, good things really do[…]

Greek Science after Aristotle

By Dr. Michael Fowler Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics , Physics Education,Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics University of Virginia Strato Aristotle, Theophrastus, and Strato. Part of a fresco in the National University of Athens. / Wikimedia Commons Aristotle’s analysis of motion was criticized by Strato (who died around 268 B.C., he is sometimes called Straton), known as[…]

Ancient Greek Astronomy: Measuring the Solar System

Eratosthenes teaching in Alexandria, by Bernardo Strozzi / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts via Wikimedia Commons The Greeks made the first real measurements of astronomical distances: the size of the earth and the distance to the moon, both determined quite accurately, and the distance to the sun, where their best estimate fell short by a factor of[…]