The Mansion of Princess Ljubica in Belgrade, Serbia

Princess Ljubica (1785-1843), by her maiden name, Ljubica Vukomanović, was the daughter of a wealthy Serbian owner and the wife of Prince Miloš Obrenović (1783-1860), the ruler of Serbia and the founder of the Obrenović dynasty, which ruled Serbia for most of the 19th century. Underlying Obrenović's aim as a ruler of Serbia, namely the…

The Headquarters House in Fayetteville (North-West Arkansas, USA)

The Headquarters House is a charming little house located in the historical district of Fayetteville, a college city that hosts one of the important campuses of the Arkansas University, on East Dickson Street at no. 118. Built in 1853 in Greek Revival style, and sporting a lovely Rose Garden which accommodates twelve rose varieties specific…

Small-town US: Bentonville, North-West Arkansas

As the article's title mentions, Bentonville is a city located in the north-western part of the state of Arkansas. It attracts the attention of the visitor with its small, red-brick buildings, accessorised with black awnings. Brick is a common construction material in the area due to the existence of red clay in the county that…

The Prairie Life Museum in Stuttgart, Arkansas-USA

The central-eastern part of the state of Arkansas* is connected to the Arkansas Delta, a swampy fertile land for rice cultivation and a habitat of various waterfowl, of which ducks have been iconic. Arkansas Delta is located in the area of the Mississippi River, and it is a sub-region of the Grand Prairie, along parts…

Defying the Wall: Stories of People who Escaped Communist Germany (GDR) as Recounted by the Wall Museum in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie

The word wall itself, regardless of the contexts in which we come across it (e.g. the music of Pink Floyd, the writing of the Austrian author Liane Moriarty, Trump's administration controversy over building a fence border with Mexico), refers primarily to the extensive enclosure that was built in August 1961 in Eastern Berlin, with the…

Open Society Bywords, Flying Pigs, Bird Feeders, Doggy Weathervanes, Little Libraries-Small Decorations which Give Charm to a Small American Town

Fayetteville, a small town located in the North-Western part of Arkansas, the USA, abounds in attractive houses but also in decorations and other details that give a special note to this student town, seat of one of the most important campuses of the University of Arkansas. As shown in the pictures below, houses designed in…

Istoria din spatele a cinci expresii anglo-saxone devenite și ele istorie

 Este deja un loc comun a afirma că amuzantele și ciudatele expresii regionale britanice și americane sunt bazate pe o istorie egal de surprinzătoare și sincretică. Dacă este să ne limităm la exemplele unor scriitori precum William Shakespeare și Mark Twain, acoperim o gamă largă de construcții cu trimitere directă la complexa realitate anglo-saxonă pre-modernă…

Paintings in the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Germany

The present collection of the museum, located on the picturesque Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in Berlin, is based on a 19th-century private collection of a German banker. Mostly it hosts German painters, but it also has some pieces of French masters like Renoir, Signac, Vlaminck. It covers the most significant art trends of the 19th century…

Portrait Painting in Romania, 19th and 20th Century

The Museum of Art in Craiova (south-western Romania) hosts a small but relevant collection of modern Romanian painting. The beginnings of modern painting on Romanian territory* are related to the establishment of the first professional association of the painters, in 1787, when a distinction between the thin objects painters and the thick objects painters was…