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1673: Life Being So Short and Books So Plentiful

In 1673, Antonio Magliabechi became librarian to Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. He was an eruidite scholar, fluent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and—according to his contemporary and biographer Giacinto Gimma—versed in physics, mathematics, rhetoric, grammar, history, … Continue reading

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2013: Heliocentrist

Robert Pruitt: Heliocentrist (2013)

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1943: Self-Portrait

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Heinz Geiringer was a Jewish teenager in Amsterdam when the Nazis invaded the city in 1940. For two years, the family lived in hiding, with Heinz’s sister and mother separating from him and … Continue reading

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1943: Workers and Paintings

Honoré Sharrer: Workers and Paintings (1943) I can’t identify all the paintings in this painting. Leave a comment if you can fill in the blanks:                   Hugo Gellert : Free Man’s Duties (No 4) … Continue reading

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1966: I Am Your Greatest Fan

   I grew up in musical theater. To me, the highlight and the epitome of my life as a singer and actor and a dancer/choreographer was to star on Broadway. And as my popularity grew once [Star Trek] was on … Continue reading

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170 AD: Memnon

Portrait of Memnon: Greek, c. 170 AD Memnon was the pupil, protégé, and adopted son of Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat and sophist who served as a senator of the Roman Empire. He was named after the mythological Ethiopian king … Continue reading

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1753: Dedication

Tobias Smollett dedicated his third novel to himself: TO DOCTOR ——— You and I, my good friend, have often deliberated on the difficulty of writing such a dedication as might gratify the self-complacency of a patron, without exposing the author … Continue reading

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