When you think of the masquerade balls of the 18th century, what kinds of masks come to mind? For most people, their minds conjure up images of elaborate, elegant masks with jewels, feathers, and other decorations. Another type of mask was worn at this time, though, particularly by women, and it was known as the moretta.
If you’ve ever spent time in or around Amish country, you’ve likely come across displays of famous Amish rag dolls. You may have even seen some children playing with them. Have you ever wondered about the story behind these distinct dolls?
Great artists see potential everywhere, including, as Finnish artist and architect Pasi Widgren has recently shown, on frozen lakes. Widgren recently created a massive “drawing” of a fox on Finland’s frozen Lake Pitkajarvi. He carved the 295-foot image into the ice using just his footsteps and shovel.
Adam Handler is not afraid of ghosts. In fact, he has an entire solo exhibition titled after and dedicated to them, and it’s now open at the D’Stassi Art gallery in London, England.
Every year, despite its remote location and chilly climate, Greenland (an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark) welcomes tens of thousands of visitors. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on on the world’s largest non-continental island, outlined below are ten fascinating facts that everyone should know.
The piñata is a staple in Mexican culture. However, the first records of piñatas don’t come from Mexico or even Spain. The earliest records actually point to Asia — China, to be specific — as the origin of the beloved piñata.
For those who are fascinated by history, ancient legends, and incredible architecture, Greece is one of the best countries to explore. Greece can be a bit of an overwhelming travel destination, though, as it’s home to so much rich history and many fascinating attractions. There’s certainly a lot to see and do while in Greece. However, one of the most interesting, must-see attractions is the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
Mexican hyperrealist artist Ruben Orozco has got the people of the Spanish city Bilbao up in arms with his latest creation, which is meant to start conversations around the topic of sustainability. Orozco’s statue is titled “Bihar” (translated as “Tomorrow” in Basque) and features the face of a young girl drowning as it pokes out of Spain’s river Nervion.
A trip to Verona, Italy, is an unforgettable experience in and of itself. What could make it better, though, than an overnight stay in Casa di Giulietta or Juliet’s House (yes, that’s Juliet of the timeless Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet”)?
Annabel’s, the famous London-based, members-only club, isn’t just an exclusive place to dine and be entertained. This club is also taking an environmentalist stand with its impressive initiative, “Annabel’s for the Amazon.”