Leonardo’s Virgin reveals mysteries

London’s National Gallery is preparing an exhibition on its “Virgin of the Rocks”, painted by Leonardo da Vinci. This exhibition will welcome visitors from 9th of November till 12th January 2020.

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Lars Mytting’s novel on magic church bells

This impressive novel was a pleasure to read. However, I read it in translation and not Norwegian. Once the translation for my niche in the world became available, a publisher dispatched a copy to me to review for local publications. Lucky me!

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RMO Leiden: Earthly paradises in East and West

Hurry! For this summer exhibition on medieval gardens closes per 1st September 2019. Even if you aren’t that interested in gardening, “Medieval Gardens, earthly paradises in East and West” is pretty interesting. After my visit, a “chante-pleur” tops my wanna-have-list.

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“Gloss, glory and misery” life in Golden Age The Hague

“Gloss, glory and misery – life in The Hague during the Dutch Golden Age” is an exhibition currently welcoming visitors at The Hague’s historical museum. This museum is within walking distance of the more famous Mauritshuis.

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Dutch museum discovers it owns an extra Monet

The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum shared a pleasant surprise. During restoration of one of its Monet paintings, experts discovered a secret. The news was revealed this afternoon: the museum suddenly owns an extra Monet!

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Book review: a beautiful tribute to a forgotten group of women

Most people know Picasso’s “Guernica”? Yet who remembers that war during the late 1930s? How many know, people from Europe and elsewhere traveled to Spain to fight in its Civil War? That this war is now considered an exercise, for Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy?

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Book review: Helena Janeczek’s girl in translation

The moment I noticed the book cover, I wanted to read this novel. Not because the girl winks at whoever picks up this book. No: I had heard something about female war photographers covering the Spanish Civil War. A while ago, I had also read in a newspaper, something about Robert Capa.

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Amsterdam Museum: an exhibition on fashion as statement

Visitors to the sprawling Amsterdam Museum have the opportunity to visit a small fashion exhibition. “Fashion Statements” is about fashion and identity – then and now. For those interested in fashion: a free loan booklet with English texts is available, helping to explore themes and items.

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