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And now for something completely different – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

And now for something completely different – Monty Python’s Flying Circus

On October 5, 1969, BBC One premiered the very first Monty Python’s Flying Circus. We as scientists, should not underestimate the influence of popular culture, esp. of Monty Python’s kind of humor, on scientific research ūüėČ The six members of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ met during their time at university and all of them were working as comedy writers, cast members or in Terry Gilliam’s case as an animator, before joining the…
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George A. Romero and his ‘Night of the Living Dead’

George A. Romero and his ‘Night of the Living Dead’

Night of the Living Dead Poster On October 1st, 1968 George A Romero‘s classic zombie movie ‘The Night of the Living Dead‘ premiered, which soon became a cult film created a new genre of horror. The movie starts out with the siblings Barbra and Johnny who get attacked by the living dead while visiting a graveyard. Johnny gets instantly killed but his sister is rescued by a man named Ben. Together they…
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Mozart’s Famous Masonic Opera – The Magic Flute

Mozart’s Famous Masonic Opera – The Magic Flute

The arrival of the Queen of the Night. Stage set by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781‚Äď1841) for an 1815 production Opera is not for everybody, but there are iconic pieces that have become a cultural heritage for all mankind and that are well known all over the globe. Thus, everybody knows Mozart, and if you ask people, what piece of Mozart they know best, then most times you will hear the answer ‘Die…
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Archetype of the Wicked Genius

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio – Archetype of the Wicked Genius

Judith and Holofernes by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1598) On September 28, 1573, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, genius Italian artist of the Renaissance was born in Milano. He was best known for his realistic paintings with a dramatic appearance of lighting. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio grew up in the little town Caravaggio near Milan and after both of his parents have passed away, he began his apprenticeship at the famous painter Titian.…
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Robot discovered the Cave Paintings of Lascaux

Robot discovered the Cave Paintings of Lascaux

A horse from Lascaux. Replica in the Brno museum Anthropos On September 12, 1940, the famous cave paintings in Lascaux, France, were discovered. It was supposed to be a treasure hunt, and even though the four children found a treasure, it was not what they expected. There used to be a rumor, that under the Vezere River linking the old Castel of Montignac to the Manor of Lascaux there was a tunnel…
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Not Simply a Piece of Marble – Michelangelo’s David

Not Simply a Piece of Marble – Michelangelo’s David

Michelangelo’s David (1501-1504) On September 8,¬†1504 Michelangelo‘s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture, was unveiled in the city of Florence. The 5m high and 6t heavy marble statue depicts David, right before his fight with the enormous Philistine warrior Goliath, which is special because previous sculptures or art works, like the one’s by Andrea del Castagno or Donatello show David after the famous battle with Goliath’s head in David’s arms. The young…
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Caspar David Friedrich and the German Romanticism

Caspar David Friedrich and the German Romanticism

Caspar David Friedrich: Das Eismeer (The Sea of Ice), 1823/24 On September 5, 1774, Caspar David Friedrich, one of the most important painters of the German Romanticism, was born. His best known works depict the numerous landscapes with their fogs barren trees, and ruins surrounding the contemplative and silhouetted characters. Caspar David Friedrich was born in Greifswald, Germany and had to go through a dramatic childhood. His mother died when he was…
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The Great George Méliès and his Voyage to the Moon

The Great George Méliès and his Voyage to the Moon

Most famous scene in ‘A Trip to the Moon‘ 1902 On September 1, 1902, the French film pioneer¬†George M√©li√®s presented the very first science fiction movie to the stunning public of the Paris Olympia theater. George M√©li√®s always had the desire to do something creative and innovative. As a young school boy, he could receive a formal education in private schools due to the wealth of his parents, who owned a boot…
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The Mona Lisa is Missing….!

The Mona Lisa is Missing….!

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-1505) On August 21, 1911 during intensive repair and renovation work the Louvre Museum realized that Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was stolen. I guess, the Mona Lisa must be the most famous painting in the world. The painting’s title Mona Lisa stems from a description by Giorgio Vasari, who wrote biographies of famous contemporary Renaissance men: “Leonardo undertook to paint, for…
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Victorian Poetry with Alfred Lord Tennyson

Victorian Poetry with Alfred Lord Tennyson

On August 6, 1809, one of the most important English poets of the Victorian era was born, Alfred Lord Tennyson. The works of Alfred Lord Tennyson are best known for their close affinity with the English mythology and English history, they influenced the movement of the 19th century’s Victorian Art as well as the Arts and Crafts Movement, which was to join art and handcraft using simple forms applied to mostly romantic…
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