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30 07, 2017

Florence Baptistery – Romanesque architecture in Italy

By |2019-02-10T08:22:46-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Florence baptistery: the Romanesque baptistery in Florence, Italy Earlier Florence baptistery (700 AD) Probably people had built an earlier, smaller octagonal baptistery here around 700 AD.  This is where Catholic priests baptized Christian babies in medieval Florence. What is baptism? Medieval Florence Romanesque architecture All our medieval Europe articles This baptistery is also called San Giovanni, the [...]

5 07, 2017

Greek sculpture – ancient Greece

By |2019-07-21T17:06:32-07:00July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|1 Comment

Greek sculpture: Winged Victory (Nike of Samothrace) - Now in the Louvre, Paris What happened to all the Greek statues? Not very much Greek sculpture has survived for us to see. You might think stone statues made of limestone and marble would last well, but both limestone and marble can be burned and [...]

22 06, 2017

Honey spreads around the world – Bee keeping

By |2019-02-11T21:07:01-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food|0 Comments

Bee-keeping reaches West Asia: a wax writing tablet from Uluburun shipwreck off the coast of modern Turkey (1300 BC) Bee-keeping reaches the Eastern Mediterranean By 2400 BC, people were keeping bees in hives in Egypt, but nobody was keeping bees anywhere else in the world. Early history of honey Why do bees make [...]

25 05, 2017

What is lost wax casting? History of Art

By |2018-04-14T12:41:56-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, What|0 Comments

A Samnite man cutting the bronze pins off a newly poured lost wax statue. This is the only ancient image of lost wax casting; it's from Pompeii, about 400 BC. Just a little while after bronze was invented, around 2500 BC, the Sumerians began to make bronze jars and bronze cups using lost-wax [...]