Enlightenment

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Hitting the Lodestar: Judith Leyster

Hitting the Lodestar: Judith Leyster

  • Arts
  • History
  • Culture

Among the men celebrated as Dutch Master painters in the Age of Rembrandt, one accomplished woman artist cultivated a reputation for innovation, and a "brand" that was uniquely hers.

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The Center of Cultural Innovation: Parisian Salons

The Center of Cultural Innovation: Parisian Salons

  • History
  • Culture
  • Philosophy
  • Writing

You would not get your hair done at these salons—during the Enlightenment in France, salons were a place where civilians of all social classes could gather and discuss ideas. They served as ground zero for the ideas present in the Declaration of Independence and—eventually—the French Revolution!

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From Convent to Court: Painting at the Revolution

From Convent to Court: Painting at the Revolution

  • Arts
  • History
  • Culture
  • Philosophy
  • Heart

When French portrait artist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun painted Marie-Antoinette in 1778, and later became official royal portraitist and close friend of the queen, she could hardly have known that her neck was on the line. Literally.

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Sir Isaac Newton: The Brilliant Heretic

Sir Isaac Newton: The Brilliant Heretic

  • Science
  • History
  • Technology
  • Culture
  • Math
  • Philosophy

Newton's decoded private writings show that the famous mathematician was actually a different man, and scientist, than we remember from school. Now we know that Newton studied alchemy and applied creative problem solving to discover the laws of gravity.

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