Thursday, March 28, 2013

Exhibition News- Durer at the National Gallery

There is a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. called Albrecht Dürer: Master Drawings, Watercolors, and Prints from the Albertina.  It contains 91 works by the famous German artist and is presented with considerable assistance from the Albertina in Vienna which has an extensive collection of Durer's masterpieces. The exhibition runs March 24th-June 9th. For more information you can check out this announcement by the National Gallery.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

History In the News- Titanic Violin Surfaces At Last

Perhaps I should consider re-naming this blog "History In the News" for that seems to be most of what I post these days. History certainly does seem to be all around lately; and I am delighted that the violin played by the band leader on board the ill-fated Titanic, yes, the one he famously played as the ship went down, has been authenticated at last. What an incredible piece of history! An inanimate witness to, and part of, a tragically beautiful moment. More on this story here.

Friday, March 15, 2013

History In the News- Plague Pit Excavated In London

My husband's comment when hearing about this story was something along the lines of "They've got dead people all over the place there." Yes, dear, that's what comes of having a long history, and I recall fondly that history is indeed abundant in Merry Old England. Digging for a new rail line has managed to unearth another fascinating and macabre find. More details can be found here.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

History In the News- Grave of Knight Found in Edinburgh

Apparently these days the place to look for archeological clues is under British car parks! After the recent confirmation of the finding of Richard III's bones in Leicester, another car park, this time in Edinburgh, has yielded more macabre fascination. Find out more about the grave unearthed during construction here.

Friday, March 8, 2013

History in the News- American Civil War Sailors Receive Burial

Though probably little known to the rest of the world, the sinking of the Monitor during the American Civil War is an item of great interest to those of us stateside. It was, after all, one of the first armored ships and presaged the end of wooden ships in warfare. The sad end of the Monitor, and 16 members of her crew, is being memorialized today with the interment of two bodies found amongst the wreckage during excavations. For facial reconstructions of the two seamen and more on this story you can read on here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013