Mad as March Hares

On October 281908,  the Daily Telegraph published an interview with the German Emperor Wilhelm II, the grandson of Queen Victoria of England. “You English,” he said, “are mad, mad, mad as March hares. What has come over you that you are so completely given over to suspicions quite unworthy of a great nation? What more … Read more » “Mad as March Hares”

Roman Paintings and Greek Masters

Gaius Plinius Secundus (Plinius the Elder, 23-79 A.D.) described various easel paintings in his encyclopedic Natural History (Naturalis historia). Not a single easel painting has survived however. Surviving examples of Roman painting can be found on frescoes and mosaics and the high level of painting is unequaled until the Renaissance. Julius Caesar is credited with … Read more » “Roman Paintings and Greek Masters”

Nude on the Acropolis

In 1927, photos stirred up a storm of controversy on the part of historians and archaeologists in Athens. The Greek photographer Elli Souyoultzoglou-Seraidari or Nelly (1899-1998) photographed the nude dancer Mona Palva on the Acropolis. Although the Acropolis had been the subject of (civil) war, plunder, neglect and other blasphemy for many centuries, this was one … Read more » “Nude on the Acropolis”

English Gardens in Germany

English landscape gardens are a great contribution to architectural history. Although gardens were an invention by ancient Babylonians, to be continued by Roman patricians and reaching perfection in the Caliphate of Cordoba in the tenth and eleven centuries, the English style was surpassed anything. The French copied the ‘jardin anglais’, the Germans the ‘Englischer Garten’. The gentlemen had been … Read more » “English Gardens in Germany”

A French Immigrant in New York

The most American of Americans, Liberty, was herself an immigrant from France. Parisians, watching the statue’s construction in the city in the 1880’s, proclaimed it was the eighth marvel of the world, even bigger than the colossus of Rhodus. The statue was an initiative of a group of French intellectuals, protesting what they saw as … Read more » “A French Immigrant in New York”