After much suffering the Soviet Union was able to invade Germany. Russia had withstood devastating losses during World War II. The image above shows a Soviet soldier raising the flag of the U.S.S.R over the Reichstag the symbol of Nazi power. Berlin after years of war was in ruins. Looking closer in the photograph the […]Read more "Soviet Soldier Raising Flag Over The Reichstag (1945)"
The Balkans were thrown into crisis when Bulgaria declared independence and Austria-Hungary annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina. Le Petit Journal published this political cartoon on it cover showing Franz Joseph and King Ferdinand I taking land from Adul Hamid II. King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria timed the declaration of independence knowing Turkey would be too weak to react effectively. […]Read more "Le Petit Journal Bosnian Crisis Coverage (1908)"
The Europa regina (Queen Europe ) was a type of map representation popular in 16th century Europe. This depiction of the European continent as a Queen appeared in the German atlas Cosmographia. Her head represents Spain and her left arm Italy ( with the orb as Sicily). England and Scotland are part of her scepter. […]Read more "Europa Regina from Cosmographia (1544)"
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 […]Read more "The Birth of Venus (1485)"
By the end of the 1980s, the Soviet Union could no longer maintain its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and East Germany. The East German population was growing more restless with lack of reforms in Erich Honecker’s East Germany. The collapse of the East German state began with a decline in the standard of […]Read more "East Germans Protesting (1989)"
The black and white illustration depicts Baphomet produced by Eliphas Levi Zahed. This deity was thought to be worshiped by warriors in the Knights Templar. There is little evidence to suggest that the Knights Templar actually believed in such a deity. It may have been made up to get certain individuals who fell out of […]Read more "Baphomet Illustration (1856)"
The illustration depicts what is known as blemmyes. The illustration appeared in the Nuremberg Chronicle. These were mythical creatures so terrifying that they did not possess heads. These men had their facial features on their bodies. Blemmyes could either have their eyes on the chest or shoulders or their nose in the middle of the […]Read more "Blemmyes From The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)"