Art and Architecture, mainly

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Country:Australia
State/Province:Victoria
Location:Melbourne

The fine arts, decorative arts and architecture of Europe, North America and Australia, 1650-1933.



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I know the Radetzky March and can hum along with the best of Strauss fans. See it performed by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2011. The composer Johann Strauss I had left Vienna in 1833 on the first of his many European tours in 1838. In...

Convict architect Fran­cis Greenway left valuable gems of Australian Colonial architecture in Sydney that emphasised the power and authority of Australia's colonial masters. Thus his Colonial Period of architecture in Australia 1788-1840 came a...

Dutchman Han van Meegeren (1889 –1947) was born in Deventer and developed an interest in painting at a young age. He wasn’t supported in his dream to become an artist by his father, who banned painting as a career. But it didn’t matter. van Mee...

I had never sought out fictional crime writing from Scandinavia. Instead I typically focused on crime novels coming from Britain in general, and Scotland in particul­ar. But the emergence of Nordic Noir, in cinemas and on television, changed all tha...

My theory about dictators is that they grew up as ugly, poorly educ­at­ed, untravelled and impoverished men who grabbed power illegally and held on for the rest of their miserable lives. But Enver Hoxha (1908–1985) was none of those things. He gr...

I recommend the book Bitter Chocolate: Investigating The Dark Side Of The World's Most Seductive Sweet by Carol Off. She says that when Cortes invaded Mexico he found the elite of the Montezuma court and army drinking a miraculous liquid that nourish...

My grandfather and father were humanists and opponents of military killings, before WW1 and WW2 respectively. Yet both agreed to fight as soldiers, even before conscription was introduced. So why did they not ask the courts for exemption from militar...