A Natural History of Birds (1731-1738)

A Natural History of Birds (1731-1738)

Some deep thoughts today. What makes a bird a bird? What makes a birb a birb? An ornithologist could certainly answer the first question. But we know the answer to…

Marie Antoinette and the Nipple

Marie Antoinette and the Nipple

It’s easy to imagine that clothing was more conservative in the past. The twentieth century began with women wearing rigid corsets and blouses tightly buttoned to the neck, but this…

A Saucer of Coffee?

A Saucer of Coffee?

Do you know the purpose of the small plate that coffee cups are often served upon in cafes? This is the saucer, and it has many purposes. The saucer dissipates…

East Meets West

East Meets West

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is home to over a million art objects. Their website features high resolution images of many of the artworks from the collection. But unlike most institutions…