The Impact of Early Modern Immigration on Food and Drink, and Vice Versa

A Boyar Wedding Feast, by Konstantin Makovsky, 1883 / Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens via Wikimedia Commons    By Dr. Gunther Hirschfeld and Dr. Manuel Trummer / 08.20.2013 Hirschfeld: Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Universität Regensburg Trummer: Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Universität Regensburg Abstract There is scarcely an aspect of daily cultural practice which illustrates the processes of transformation[…]

Pirate, Turncoat, Survivor: The Life and Times of Anthony Knivet, a Briton in 16th-Century Brazil

Albert Eckhout An adventurer who gave us the first account by an Englishman of early colonial Brazil. By Dr. Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá / 10.12.2016 Lecturer in Portuguese Studies University of Cambridge On a dark night late in 1592, a group of Englishmen was massacred on the island of São Sebastião, off the southeast coast of Brazil. Most had deserted the infamous[…]

The Artistic Eye of Marie Antoinette

Queen Marie-Antoinette, about 1789, Pierre-Michel Alix after Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Etching and wash manner, printed in blue, red, yellow, and black inks, 9 3/16 x 7 1/16 in. The National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection, 1942.9.2. Image courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington By Philippe Halbert / 06.07.2015 Graduate Student in Art History (American and European[…]

Why Did Shakespeare’s Father Paint Over Iconic Medieval Murals?

Virtual reality model of the west wall of the guild chapel, Stratford on Avon. © University of York, Author provided Due to recent restoration, the paintings are clearer than they have ever been over the last 600 years. By Dr. Kate Giles / 11.30.2016 Senior Lecturer in Archaeology University of York Screens, stages and airwaves have this year been dominated[…]

The Art and Architecture of Ancient and Early Medieval Japan

Old painting of Himeji castle / Wikimedia Commons Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.07.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – Prehistoric Japan 1.1 – Ceramics in the Jomon Period Pottery from the prehistoric Jōmon period in Japan is thought by many scholars to be the oldest ever discovered. 1.1.1 – Overview Prehistoric art of Japan[…]