The Fortepiano (1720)

The fortepiano is one  the oldest surviving early  pianos. The artifact remains on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The piano has only 54 keys, while modern pianos have 88. The structure is wing shaped similar to a hapsicord. The piano would produce a different sound,giving musicians more to work with.  […]

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“China The Cake of Kings And Emperors ” Political Cartoon (1898)

This was a political cartoon produced in France discussing European colonial ambition in China. The  racist representation of a Chinese Qing official was a common depiction at the time in European newspapers and visual media. The European leaders depicted are ignoring him as they slowly divide up China. The leaders shown are Queen Victoria, Kaiser […]

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Will Vinton Interview (1985)

Will Vinton (1947-2018)  was the developer of a type of stop motion animation known as claymation. His interest in animation came from architecture, but only later did he gain an interest in film. The process involves using clay to create the illusion of movement. This required that the character being animated would have to be […]

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The Birth of Venus (1485)

The painting above depicts Venus rising from the sea.Her birth according to mythology occurred in the sea and she emerged  fully grown.  The depiction of Venus Anadyomene (rising from the sea )   was  a common representation in art. The Birth of Venus was the work of artist Sandro Botticelli. He was a pioneer of early […]

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