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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As Rachel Serkin showed, from 1881 until the USA changed its immigration laws, 2.5 million Jews em­igrated to the USA from Eastern Europe. Over a third of them set­tled in New York's Lower East Side, seeking religious freedom & econ­omic...

Personal diaries have always been essential, to save historians from being totally dependent on royal chronicles and military reports. But what were the chances of a mid-17th century home-based book surviving fires, wars and bombs, and lasting until...

Brutal­ism was a style that flourished from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, adapting from the modernist architectural movement. Its monolithic concrete buildings composed of blunt rectangular forms, devoid of colour, decoration or symbolism, with cavern...

In the past Rouen was a city known for its medieval half-timbered houses. But things changed once the train arrived. The first railway station in Rouen was put into service in 1843 on the left bank of the Seine, connecting Rouen to Paris. In 1900, re...

Since the 1815 Napol­eonic wars, town and village labourers strug­gled with life in Britain. Bad harvests and high food prices left them starving, but they were most disgruntled because workingclass men were not rep­res­ented in Parl­iament. The...

Jews, Money, Myth is a major exhibition exploring the role of money in Jewish life, finance and capitalism over the last 2000 years. At the Jewish Museum London, the show displays include objects that belonged to British Jews — buried medieval coin...

Peter Allen Woolnough (1944-92) was born in Tenterfield in rural NSW. His father and uncles were away at the war in 1944-5 so he was raised mainly by the women in his family, even after the war. As he grew up, Peter escaped from his troubled home lif...