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…

When East Meets West in Architecture: Public Buildings in Craiova (south-western Romania)

Craiova is the county seat of the historical region called Oltenia, an ethnographic area located in south-western Romania (Wallachia). Given its closeness to what, up to World War I, were parts of the Ottoman Empire, Oltenia has been strongly influenced for most of its modern history by Turkish and Greek (neo-Byzantine) patterns in architecture and…

An American Spa: Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA

Hot Springs, the spa resort located in the southwestern part of the state of Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains, is mostly known for being the place where Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the USA, spent his childhood years, as well as for being a fashionable spot for gambling during the Al Capone era. As…

The Mihail Palace in Craiova, south-western Romania

This ecclectic style palace designed in a combination of French academism and late Baroque is located in the center of Craiova, the most important city of the historical region of Oltenia, an area situated on the geographical southern part of Romania. It resembles the Cheverny Palace that can be found on Loire Valley. The construction…