One of the world’s most famous self-portraits is going on rare public display in the northern Italian city of Turin. Very little is known about the 500-year-old, fragile, fading red chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci but some believe it has mystical powers. There is a myth in Turin that the gaze of Leonardo da […]Read more "The Leonardo hidden from Hitler in case it gave him magic powers"
The new Museum of the History of Polish Jews will intensify the debate about how museums should think about depicting issues of national identity. From the 1600s until 1939 Poland was the global centre of the Jewish people, home to the world’s largest Jewish population and its greatest nexus of religious, cultural and political activity. Yet […]Read more "Shtetl of honour"
A complex political satire written almost 500 years ago doesn’t seem like an obvious candidate for viral success, but its unusual pronunciation has struck a chord online. The poem, called Speke, Parrot, was written in the sixteenth century by an Englishman named John Skelton. A group of students at a Dutch university set the poem […]Read more "History gone viral: The 500-year-old poem that captivated Reddit"
Archaeologists in Spain say they have found one of the world’s earliest known images of Jesus. It is engraved on a glass plate dating back to the 4th Century AD, reports from Spain say. The plate is believed to have been used to hold Eucharistic bread as it was consecrated in early Christian rituals. It measures […]Read more "‘Beardless Jesus’ found in Spain"
Age is just a number we are often told! Here is an interesting article from Chris Lowry published in History Today. Life is short, but not that short. To put your lifespan into historical perspective – and for an intellectual ice-bucket challenge – try this quick calculation. You may find the results startling. Start with […]Read more "Mirror Year: How Old Are You Really?"
The academic discipline is invaluable in detecting and debunking myths about the past and future, say Jo Guldi and David Armitage. Big data has frequently been used to suggest we are locked into our history, our path dependent on larger structures that arrived before we got here. Historians once told arching stories of scale. From […]Read more "History: the key to decoding big data"
Over 21,000 medieval objects were discovered in England and Wales in 2013, according to the latest release of the The Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report. Since its inception in 1997, over one million historical objects have been recorded by the scheme. Some of the medieval objects highlighted in 2013 report include a lead Papal bulla of […]Read more "Over 21 000 medieval items found in England and Wales in 2013"