Visual Arts

What does it mean when we say "art is in the eye of the beholder?" How have artists' subjects changed over the centuries? This collection features diverse art forms (from ancient mosaics to modern cubism).

Visual Arts Chapters

Did you know that the language of "Chivalry" - or the language of Knights - was French?

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, an artistic display of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the st...

Meet some of the people who pack up their belongings and head west.

Examine paintings and engravings of the American West before the transcontinental railroad.

The damaged Mayflower finds land, but continues south in order to reach the intended destination.

Visual Arts Story Briefs

Eyewitnesses saw a plane land at Mili Atoll, in the Marshall Islands, during July of 1937. The country issued postage stamps, in 1987, depicting four ...

Does a photo, maintained at the U.S. National Archives, depict Amelia Earhart after her disappearance on July 2, 1937?

The Temple of Artemis (Diana), at Ephesus, went through many different versions. One of the last versions became a Wonder of the Ancient World.

One of the wonders of the ancient world, the lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt was located on the island of Pharos.

Ferdinand Knab, a 19th-century German painter, created artistic images of some of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Visual Arts Audios

On the 9th of September, 1939, the BBC aired this broadcast on the evacuation of Britain's school children.

When diplomatic efforts between Britain and Germany failed to end Hitler's attack on Poland - in early September, 1939 - Neville Chamberlain (the Br...

The second production of the Mercury Theatre on the Air was Treasure Island.

By the later part of 1939, Orson Welles and his Mercury-Theatre-on-the-Air players were sponsored by Campbell Soup.

This radio play, starring Orson Welles as Captain Bligh, was broadcast via the Campbell Playhouse on January 13, 1939.

Visual Arts Audio Narrations

Making her point by breaking bottles of alcoholic beverages, Carry Nation becomes a temperance leader.

We know how Beethoven appeared on his deathbed because a sketch of the maestro - during his last hours - survives.

United Irishmen, attempting to free Ireland from British control, lose a battle at Vinegar Hill.

Anglo-Saxon warriors, in early Briton, were known as Thegns.

Many of today's English cities had their start as Anglo-Saxon settlements.

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