A Sociopolitical Geography of Russia

Figure 3.1 Map of Russia / CIA World Factbook Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.25.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction – Identifying the Boundaries Russia is the largest country in physical area—almost twice the size of the United States. The country extends from its European core, where most of the population live, across the Ural Mountains into[…]

The Genius of Lithography

The Genius of Lithography, 1819, Nicolas Henri Jacob (French, 1781–1871), lithographer. Lithograph, 19.2 x 16.4 cm (sheet 22 x 18.4 cm). Originally published in Alois Senefelder, L’art de la lithographie (Munich, 1819). The Getty Research Institute, 2014.PR.8 This 19th-century French print celebrates the moment of inspiration that transformed a struggling playwright into a notable figure of art[…]

What Do Paleographers Do?

Paleographers at work: Participants in the Mellon Summer Institute in French Paleography at the Getty Research Institute decode a 14th-century manuscript on chess. By Dr. Éloïse Lemay / 08.23.2013 Language Engineer Amazon Paleography is the study of old handwriting. Paleographers are specialists who decipher, localize, date, and edit ancient and medieval texts—those written by hand, before[…]

Understanding the Cyrus Cylinder

The Cyrus Cylinder, Achaemenid, after 539 B.C. Terracotta, 22.9 x 10 cm. The British Museum The need-to-knows about the Cyrus Cylinder into a nutshell. By David Saunders / 10.28.2013 Curator, Department of Antiquities J. Paul Getty Museum The Cyrus Cylinder is an object whose humble form belies its historical importance. After many months spent researching the[…]