Van Gogh’s decade

The Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one the most famous artists of all time. Unfortunately for him, most of his fame came about after his death.

Europe’s oldest known civilization?

While discussing ancient civilizations, many people think of Babylon, the Assyrians or Egyptians. One civilization that possibly predates them all is the Cucuteni-Trypillian civilization, which was located in parts of the modern day Ukraine, Moldova and Romania.

Jingle Bells used to be a Thanksgiving song

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells, the iconic Christmas carol, was originally written to be a Thanksgiving song. James Pierpont (1822-1893), a music director at a church in Massachusetts, wrote the song to play at his Sunday school for Thanksgiving in 1857. Piermont was at a tavern when he was inspired by the sleigh races in the street outside. The song quickly caught on, …

How the Mona Lisa became famous

Before August of 1911, the Mona Lisa was a relatively unknown painting. Painted in 1507 it was mostly known to art world insiders.