Allison Meier

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A new data visualization tool called Histography transforms Wikipedia’s entries on historic events into an interactive timeline

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Post image for Celestial Art and Science in Albrecht Dürer’s 1515 Star Charts

The same year that Albrecht Dürer created his famous rhinoceros woodcut, the German artist also collaborated on the first star charts printed in Europe.

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Jacob Riis may have set his house on fire twice, and himself aflame once, as he perfected the new 19th-century flash photography technique, but when the magnesium powder erupted with a white, blinding light, he illuminated some of the darkest corners of Manhattan’s impoverished tenements.

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Miniature mummies carved from wood and carefully wrapped in tiny shrouds overlook a model of a Chimú palace, one of the small-scale representations of a lost precolonial world in Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas.

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Many of the first European maps of the Americas included warnings of cannibalism, despite no proof of such activity.

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At the Paris studio of Auguste Rodin in 1906, Siberia-born American painter Abraham Walkowitz met modern dancer Isadora Duncan.

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Post image for Wax Seals and Refused Love in a 17th-Century Trunk of Undelivered Letters

Over 3,000 undelivered letters in six different languages are preserved in a postmaster’s trunk in The Hague, with hundreds unopened since the 17th century.

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This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir.

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Sum of the Arts

by Allison Meier on November 6, 2015

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Number of sculptures the Rodin Museum in Paris is allowed to cast from each original Rodin mold = 12

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Post image for The Beat Artist Who Rescued Paper Planes from the Streets of NYC

Prolific 20th-century polymath Harry Smith picked up every paper airplane he saw on the streets of Manhattan from 1961 to 1983.

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