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Photo of Son Doong got National Geographic award - Source: Image by Chris Miller
In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.
1. Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum
2.Matisse Still Life, Hermitage Museum
3.Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait, State Tretyakov Gallery
4. Veronese’s Adoration of the Shepherds, Hermitage Museum
5. Rublev and Daniil’s The Deesis Tier, State Tretyakov Gallery
6. Michelangelo’s Moses and the Dying Slave, Pushkin Museum
7.Malevich’s Self Portrait, Russian State Museum
8. Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum
9. Petrov-Vodkin’s Bathing of a Red Horse, State Tretyakov Gallery
10. Kugach’s Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery
The Mausoleum of Theodoricin Ravenna is the only extant example of Ostrogothic architecture. It was built in 520 AD by Theoderic the Great as his future tomb.
'Carte manuscrite de l'Ile des Templiers vis à vis d'Acre] / [de la main de Mr. d'Anville' [Jean-Baptiste Bourguignon d'Anville (1697-1782)]
Tail of a beaver was considered fish-like in nature (and was therefore acceptable as food for fast days during the Middle Ages).
Platearius, Livre des simples médecines, ca 1480. Paris, Biblioteque Nationale, Département des manuscrits, Français 12322, folio 188
Batman has been guarding Gotham for 75 years, but its city limits weren’t defined until 1998
By Jimmy Stamp
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Vintage NASA illustrations show the differences among Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecrafts.
Lynn Geesaman (American, born 1938), from her book Hazy Lights & Shadows
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