For those of you who have been living under a rock this past week, one of the biggest stories was of course the birth of Prince Williams and Princess Kate’s newborn son, His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. For the complete story start here.
Linked here is an article from BBC History with a look into how royal births have been announced celebrated throughout the years, from the 1841 birth of King Edward II all the way up to baby George himself.
Dubbed “The coolest museum you’ll never see,” the CIA museum, which is housed in various hallways throughout the organization’s headquarters, boasts hundreds of top secret mementos and artifacts, including the recent addition of what is allegedly Osama Bin Laden’s AK-47. The museum isn’t open to the public, and is rarely allowed to be photographed, but you can find out more about this fascinating collection here.
In a horrifying turn of events for the art world, it looks as if 7 masterpieces (by the artists Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, Lucian Freud and Meyer de Haan) that were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam may have been destroyed in order to cover up the crime. Read more about it here and here.
To balance out the art news for the week, a documentary celebrating the life and work of Irish sculptor, Rowan Gillespie, will be airing this Friday at 4pm on Sky Arts 1. Having met Mr. Gillespie when he came in to speak to our class about his work, we are confident that this is one documentary you don’t want to miss. Find out more about it here. If you don’t have time to watch, here’s a link to Mr. Gillespie’s website.
We’ve shared with you before links to fabulously beautiful libraries around the world, but this one from Buzzfeed containing 49 of the most breathtaking libraires from around the world may be the best yet. Trinity again made the list, coming in at number 6.
As technology continues to advance, so does our ability to create stunning tools and displays that help us to understand history and archaeology in new and exciting ways. Here the Battle of Gettysburg gets the 20th century touch as a full terrain map of the battlefield is created so that we can more fully visualize what the commanders would have seen (and perhaps missed).
Last but not least, here’s and interesting article containing some little known facts about Oscar Wilde’s niece.
Until next week!