Hannah Höch and ‘the Last Weimar Beer Belly Cultural Epoch of Germany’

This cut-and-paste aesthetic was wholly embraced by Berlin Dada as a form of political and social critique. Introduction If we look closely at the cacophony of seemingly random images that make up Hannah Höch’s large-scale photomontage, a cross-section of Weimar Germany’s cultural and political milieu comes into focus. Here, the “Kitchen Knife Dada”—a metaphor for[…]

Architecture in 18th-Century Germany

Germany’s superior woodworking and stuccowork traditions aided in refashioning the imported Baroque and Rococo styles. Introduction On a bright summer day, when sunlight pours through the windows of Vierzehnheiligen Church at just the right angle, the interior glows with dazzling warmth. Joyful painted and sculpted putti fly overhead, while sculpted foliage and leafy cartouches seem to organically grow over[…]

Classics Lost and Found: The Survival of Ancient Texts

The biggest factor for the survival or disappearance of classical texts is actually likely to be their use in medieval school education. Works written by ancient Greek and Roman authors have made a major impact on the world’s culture and society. They profoundly shaped medieval thought, as you can discover in Cillian O’Hogan’s article The Classical[…]

A Brief Overview of Ancient Literature

The first author of literature in the world, known by name, was the high-priestess of Ur, Enheduanna (2285-2250 BCE). Introduction Literature (from the Latin Littera meaning ‘letters’ and referring to an acquaintance with the written word) is the written work of a specific culture, sub-culture, religion, philosophy or the study of such written work which may appear in poetry or in[…]