The Curious World of Isaac D’Israeli

D’Israeli as he appears in the frontispiece to Vol.I of the 1880 Armstrong and Son edition of Curiosities of Literature – Internet Archive Marvin Spevack introduces the Curiosities of Literature, the epic cornucopia of essays on all things literary by Isaac D’Israeli: a scholar, man of letters and father of British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. By the Late Dr.[…]

Volcano Observer: Sir William Hamilton and Mount Vesuvius

Interior view of the crater of Mount Vesuvius, as it was before the eruption of 1767. Hand-colored engraving in Sir William Hamilton, Campi Phlegraei (Naples, 1776). The Getty Research Institute, 84-B29643. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program British diplomat Sir William Hamilton documents the “fields of fire”. By Karen Meyer-Roux / 04.30.2010 Archivist Getty Research[…]

The Display of Art in Roman Palaces

View of the Farnese Gallery, Rome, Francesco Panini, about 1775, pen and black ink and gray wash over black chalk. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 92.GG.16 By Gail Feigenbaum (above) and Lisa Cherkerzian / 01.25.2011 Feigenbaum: Associate Director Cherkerzian: Research Assistant Getty Research Institute At a time when we’re accustomed to viewing art in museums—and[…]

An Introduction to World Geography: People, Places, and Globalization

Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.01.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Introduction The discipline of geography bridges the social sciences with the physical sciences and can provide a framework for understanding our world. By studying geography, we can begin to understand the relationships and common factors that tie our human community together. The world[…]

Why This Paleolithic Burial Site is So Strange (And So Important)

Ivory beads and ochre—affixed to the pelvic bones of a child—likely decorated the burial clothing of this 10-year-old interred at Sunghir some 34,000 years ago. / E. Trinkaus/Trinkaus and Buzhilova/Antiquity An ancient interment site in Russia challenges us to rethink how Paleolithic humans in Europe treated their dead and organized their societies. By Lea Surugue /[…]