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French heroine Joan of Arc

French heroine Joan of Arc

French heroine Joan of Arc (born 1412, died May 30, 1431, Rouen; canonized May 16, 1920; feast day May 30)

From the time when this legendary woman stepped on the ground, it has been more than half a millennium, but to this day her life, death, and even her image are shrouded in mystery. There are many theories about what was her origin, role in the history and intentions, but now, after not one hundred years, we can confidently judge that all the mysteries still surround the figure of Joan of Arc. And unlikely to ever be revealed … May 30, 1431 in Rouen, was burned at the stake as a heretic one of the main commanders of the French army in the Hundred Years War Joan of Arc, who later became a national heroine of France. But whoever Joan of Arc was – a saint, a martyr, a blessed witch, heroine, a criminal or a pawn in the hands of those in power – she will always remain one of the most mysterious women of history, worthy of memory and realization in art.
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Unique and beautiful Berber tribal women

The traditional Berber dress and decorations

Unique and beautiful Berber tribal women

Unique and beautiful Berber tribal women

The indigenous people of North Africa are not Negroid Africans and even the Arabs, but the people, called Berbers. Even more surprising is the fact that these people are representatives of the White Race, who had been subject to forced Islamization in the 7th century AD. Many Berbers are unaware that they are called Berbers, because they were given such name by other people, supposedly by the Romans. Berbers come from the Greek barbaros, or the Latin barbarus – ‘Barbarian’. Since the Greeks, and after them the Romans, called all the people, whose culture and language they did not understand – Barbarians. Now Berbers are called many Berber tribes that live throughout North Africa, from Egypt in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, and the Sudan in the south to the Mediterranean Sea in the north, as well as in other countries, including European ones. The number of Berbers in the world is estimated variously – from 20 to 40 million.
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Symbol of Austria Woman in Gold

Symbol of Austria Woman in Gold. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt

Symbol of Austria Woman in Gold. Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt

Until recently, the “Woman in Gold“, a masterpiece of 135 million dollars, was called “Vienna Mona Lisa” or the symbol of Austria, and the crowds stared at it in the Vienna gallery, only to see a beautiful picture, shimmering gold with their own eyes. This is the story of a woman – a state ideal, whose family was humiliated and practically destroyed. By the way, the name “woman in gold” appeared much later. Gustav Klimt painted portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer in 1907, at the time she was 26 years old. The portrait was commissioned by her husband, “sugar king” of Europe, Ferdinand Bauer. Their union was approved by the parents on both sides, because both spouses were from the elite families of the Vienna Jewish community.
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Bear Soldier Wojtek

Bear Soldier Wojtek

Bear Soldier Wojtek. bear cub, future Soldier Wojtek

Bear Soldier Wojtek
Every year, World War II, one of the most difficult trials that humanity faced in the twentieth century, becomes the thing of the past. It seems, we know almost everything about its battles, remember its heroes. At the Great War everything happened – joy and pain, happiness and tears. There were heavy losses and unexpected returns, unique military operations and unusual soldiers. One of them was Bear Soldier Wojtek, about whom this post is.
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Titanic violin sold at auction for 2 million dollars

The Titanic violin sold at auction for 2 million dollars

The Titanic violin sold at auction for 2 million dollars

The Titanic violin sold at auction for 2 million dollars

Yesterday, the most important and probably the most valuable artifact relating to the Titanic – Wallace Hartley’s violin was sold at auction for about 2 million dollars to a British Titanic ‘connoisseur’. The violin was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson, it had an inscription ‘For WALLACE on the occasion of our engagement from MARIA’. The instrument used by Wallace Hartley was thought by some to have been lost in the Atlantic in the 1912 disaster. But in 2006 the son of an amateur musician found it in an attic, complete with a silver plate showing its provenance. After seven years of testing, costing tens of thousands of pounds, the water-stained violin has now been proven to be the one played by Hartley. The rosewood violin is incredibly well-preserved despite its age and it being exposed to the sea.
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Artist Sir Winston Churchill

Artist Sir Winston Churchill

Artist Sir Winston Churchill

Artist Sir Winston Churchill. Few people know that British politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Winston Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was also an amateur artist, honorary member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He discovered his passion for painting immediately, started painting at the age of 40. And never stopped, having created a big collection of more than 500 paintings! This passion helped Churchill get rid of depression, forget about all the squabbles and troubles of big politics. Winston drew everywhere: at home, in Britain, during numerous trips to different countries. He painted portraits, interiors, but especially loved to go out with his easel on the “plein air” and paint landscapes.
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Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais. Gilles de Rais – Marshal of France, the hero of the Hundred Years’ War, a contemporary and a colleague of Joan of Arc

Bluebeard prototype Gilles de Rais

For five centuries Bluebeard prototype was considered Gilles de Rais. Who has not heard of the villain, immortalized by Charles Perrault under the name of Bluebeard? Bluebeard Knight one by one killed his beautiful wives as soon as they dared to violate the strict ban of their husband not to use a key from some mysterious room. Another lady of the manor, of course, could not cope with curiosity. She opened the door and a terrible picture appeared in front of her – lifeless bodies of her husband’s former companions on the bloody floor.
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