This month, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, which was the longest continuous military campaign of WWII. This campaign was of particular importance because German submarines or U-boasts were a major threat to the Allies’ trade routes and defense. Anniversary events are taking place throughout May across England. Check out more on these fascinating commemorations here.
This week, legislation to officially pardon the men who left the Irish Army to join the British armed forces during WWII. Many of these men faced punishment upon their return home and had difficulty finding jobs, or lost their pensions. Although most of these soldiers are no longer alive, the pardons will hopefully allow these men to be remembered with honor, instead of being ignored.
This past February, the book ‘The Secret Museum’ by Molly Oldfield was published. Covering 69 artifacts from across 5 continents, this book explores the unknown treasures buried in museum basements around the world. Read more about some of the highlights here.
Pinturicchio‘s recently restored Vatican fresco, ‘Resurrection’, which was created in 1494 is now thought to be the first appearance of Native Americans in a Western artwork. This occurrence is thought by some to be a result of Christopher Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the New World. Others claim that since accounts of the voyage were not published until the 1800s, that this could not be the case. Take a look here, and let us know what you think!
After 234 years, a famous collection of old masters is returning to the United Kingdom. Originally collected by Sir Richard Walpole, Britain’s first prime minister, the works were then sold in 1779 to Catherine the Great to pay off debts after his death. Currently on loan from museums and galleries in Russia and America, the exhibition at Houghton Hall (the original home of the works) will take place from May 17th until September 29th, 2013. Read all about it here.
Last but not least, here’s a hilarious link that covers Art History as explained by Beyoncé lyrics.
Until next week!