She was the attraction of the third largest pilgrimage site in Europe after Rome and Compostela’s “Way of Santiago.” The Black Virgin of Pribram (Příbram) still reigns over a beautiful cathedral just outside of Prague.
I have just led a private tour for ten of the Dibner Library of Science and Technology, one of the most fascinating of the twenty-one Smithsonian Libraries. Here’s one of my favorite documents – Sir Issac Newton’s notes, written in his kitchen garden in Cambridge. The librarians brought this document out when we were giving an earlier private tour to the ambassador of the Czech Republic and the Have
Artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed a magical house, now a museum, where I used to have lunch when I lived in Vienna writing The Magic Circle. (The photos at end are the cardboard admission tickets to the museum.)
Exposition Universelle Paris, 1867 Japan under the Shoguns was isolated from the world for over 250 years, from the early 1600s — and then emerged into the world at just the right moment. The Universal Expo of Art and Industry (Paris World’s Fair) opened on the Champ de Mars, April 1, 1867 — a date that changed the art world and its painters forever. Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo’s lar