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World Culture: American Foreign Missions
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) In former letters I have mentioned the missionary work being done by Americans in the Orient, and I deem the subject important enough for an article, in view of the conflicting reports which have been brought back by tourists. We had an opportunity to investigate the work done by American missionaries in Hawaii, Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, India, Egypt, Palestine and Turkey.
World Culture: World Problems
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) Each locality has its questions of interest; each state has subjects which arouse discussion ; each nation has its issues of paramount importance, and the world has its problems. There are transient questions which come and go and questions which, like Tennyson's brook, 'go on forever.'
World Culture: A Study Of Governments
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) One who travels in foreign lands is likely to learn but little of the governments of the lands through which he passes, unless he makes a special effort to inform himself, for the lines of travel are laid through the communities where law and order are maintained and where the government is so stable that the casual observer has no occasion to investigate its inner workings.
World Culture: The Tariff Debate In England
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) An American feels at home in England just now, for he constantly reads in the newspapers and hears on the streets the tariff arguments so familiar in the United States. I can almost imagine myself in the midst of a presidential campaign, with import duties as the only issue. I have been especially fortunate in arriving here at the very height of the discussion and I have been privileged to hear...
World Culture: Ireland And Her Leaders
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) November 29th was spent in Dublin, the 30th at Belfast and en route to that city from Dublin. Dublin is a very substantial looking city and much more ancient in appearance than Belfast, the latter reminding one more of an enterprising American city. We did not have a chance to visit any of the industries of Dublin, and only a linen factory and a shipyard in Belfast, but as the linen factory...
World Culture: Growth Of Municipal Ownership
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) Carved in the mantel of the library which adjoins the reception room of the lord provost of Glasgow is the motto, 'Truth will prevail' and the triumph of truth is illustrated in the development of municipal ownership in the British Isles. Probably no city in the world has extended the sphere of municipal activity further than the metropolis of Scotland-Glasgow.
World Culture: France And Her People
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) My call upon President Loubet was the most interesting incident of my visit to France. It was arranged by General Horace Porter, American ambassador to France, who conducted us to the Elysee palace, which is the White House of the French republic. President Loubet is probably the most democratic executive that France has ever had.
World Culture: The Republic Of Switzerland
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) No wonder Switzerland is free. The beauty of the country inspires a love of native land and the mountains form a natural fortress behind which the Swiss people could withstand armies many times the size of their own. Nowhere can one find as great a variety of landscape in a day's ride by train as in Switzerland.
World Culture: Three Little Kingdoms
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) I shall treat in this article of my visit to three little kingdoms in the north of Europe-Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands. I passed through the edge of Sweden on my way from Berlin to Copenhagen and was at Malmo a short time ; but, as it was Christmas day and early in the morning, few stores were open, arid I did not have an opportunity to see many people.
World Culture: Belgium
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) Belgium is a busy hive. Its people are crowded together and are very industrious. The farmers and truck gardeners have reduced agriculture to a fine art and the lace workers are famous for their skill. Nowhere did I see man's faithful friend, the dog, utilized, as in Belgium. He helps to haul the carts along the streets, and his services are so highly prized that large dogs are untaxed, while the small house dog, being an idler, has to contribute his annual quota to the expenses of the government.
World Culture: The Netherlands
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) Between Waterloo, one of the world's most renowned battlefields, and The Hague, which is to be the home of the Temple of Peace-what a contrast; and yet Belgium and The Netherlands lie side by side ! Perhaps the contrast is chronological rather than geographical or racial, for the Dutch have had their share of fighting on their own soil, as they had their part in the victory of 1815.
World Culture: Germany And Socialism
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) At Berlin I found, as I had at London and Paris, a considerable number of Americans and, as in the other cities, they have organized a society, the object of which is to bring the American residents together for friendly intercourse. At London the group is known as the American Society; at Paris and Berlin the society is known as the American Chamber of Commerce.
World Culture: Russia And Her Czar
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) The map of Russia makes the other nations of Europe look insignificant by comparison. Moscow is called 'The Heart of Russia,' and yet the trans-Siberian railway from Moscow to Vladivostok is about 6,000 miles long, nearly one-fourth the circumference of the globe.
World Culture: Rome-The Catholic Capital
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) The dominant feature of Rome is the religious feature, and it is fitting that it should be so, for here the soil was stained with the blood of those who first hearkened to the voice of the Nazarene-here a cruel Nero lighted his garden with human torches, little thinking that the religion of those whom he burned would in time illumine the earth. The fact that the city is the capital of the Catholic world is 'apparent everywhere.
World Culture: Tolstoy, The Apostle Of Love
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) Count Leo Tolstoy, the intellectual giant of Russia, the moral Titan of Europe and the world's most conspicuous exponent of the doctrine of love, is living a life of quiet retirement upon his estate near the village of Yasnaya, Poliana, about one hundred and thirty miles south of Moscow. I made a visit to the home of this pleasant philosopher during my stay in Russia, driving from Tula in the early morning and arriving just after daylight.
World Culture: Notes On Europe
(Topic: Culture, World Culture, Regional Culture, Cultural History) In the articles written on the different European nations visited I confined myself to certain subjects, but there are a number of things worthy of comment which were not germane to the matters discussed. I shall present some of these under the above head. An American who travels in England in the winter time is sure to notice the coldness of the cars.
Vienna Art: The Museums And Galleries Of Vienna
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) THE principal collection of paintings in Vienna is the property of the Emperor of Austria, and housed in a magnificent building erected by Emperor Francis Joseph.The earliest beginning of this Imperial collection was under the Emperor Charles IV, the art-loving Luxemburg-Bohemian monarch who ruled in the middle of the 14th century.
Vienna Art: The Imperial Museum - The Italian Paintings
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) IN looking at the ground plan of the Imperial Museum we note that four large galleries and four cabinets to the right of the entrance are filled with the examples of the Italian schools, comprising some six hundred paintings. The vast majority of these belong to the North Italians, and specifically to the Venetian masters of the 16th century.
Vienna Art: The Imperial Museum - The Italian Paintings Cont.
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) The earliest Venetians received their inspiration in the first half of the 15th century from the Muranese painters who had been taught by Francesco Squarcione of Padua and the great Mantegna. This influence is manifest in a 'Crucifixion' (No. 9), by Andrea da Murano, and in an altarpiece (No. 10), consisting of five arched panels with gold background.
Vienna Art: The French And Spanish Paintings
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) THE French school in its development from Gothic art to the latest Impressionistic vagaries may not be studied in the Imperial Museum. Only a meagre number of paintings, indicating a few of the periods through which French art has passed, are found in the FIFTH CABINET.
Vienna Art: The Flemish And Dutch Paintings
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) WE will now retrace our steps through the Italian section to enter the left wing of the Museum where in five galleries and seven cabinets the numerous works are displayed that come from the Netherlands. Almost a complete survey may be had of the art of Flanders and Holland, from the van Eycks with whom the 15th century commenced until the end of the 18th century.
Vienna Art: The Early German Painters
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) FROM CABINET XI we will enter GALLERY IX, and we find ourselves in surroundings that are widely different from the grace of the Italians and the harmonious, deep colour of the Dutch - the Early German painters are shown here.The influence of national traits of character and national experiences upon the art expression of a people is too much lost sight of.
Vienna Art: The Nineteenth Century Paintings
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) GERMAN art of the 18th century began with a reflection of the French Academic art which reigned then supreme throughout Europe. In fact, classicism held longer sway in Germany than anywhere else. Although in the twenties Romanticism conquered the Academics in France, we must concede that the Nazarenes, so-called, at whose head stood Peter Cornelius, followed less the doctrine of colour than of...
Vienna Art: The Gallery Of The Imperial Academy Of Fine Arts
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) THERE is not a collection of paintings in the world of equal importance which is as badly displayed as the collection of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Here are one thousand two hundred and fifty paintings, among which are found some of the choicest works of the most famous artists, crowded together in a few rooms on the second floor of the north-west wing of the magnificent building...
Vienna Art: The Collection Of The Prince Von Liechtenstein
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) WHEN we ascend the broad stairway of the fine old Liechtenstein palace in Vienna, leading to the salons where the paintings are hung, we note a number of large, decorative canvases by late Italian artists and a fine Flemish tapestry which decorate the walls of the entrance halls.
Vienna Art: The Collection Of Count Czernin
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) THE three hundred and fifty paintings which form the Czernin collection are gathered in three large rooms and a small cabinet of the Count's town residence in Vienna. The paintings are not hung in any logical order, although some degree of sympathetic arrangement is observed, since the room to the left of the entrance corridor is almost entirely devoted to 17th century Netherland art...
Vienna Art: The Collection Of Count Von Harrach
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) A SERIES of three galleries, with excellent top-light, and a number of cabinets, contain the paintings of the Harrach collection, which excels in the work of Spanish masters. A number of paintings from other schools are, however, of equal interest.In the First Gallery we note an altarpiece, with a Crucifixion on the centre panel, and saints on the sidewings...
Vienna Art: The Collection Of Count Schönborn-buchheim
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) IN the stately old palace of Count Schönborn, in Alt Wien, we find the collection of his paintings displayed in three large, richly furnished salons. The crowded condition of the walls - the room is fifteen feet high and the paintings reach to the ceiling - and the poor light from windows that open upon a narrow street, interfere with the close examination and unalloyed enjoyment of a number of...
Vienna Art: The Collection Of Modern Paintings In The Lower Belvedere
(Topic: Art, Art History, Vienna, Austria) THE paintings displayed in the tier of chambers on the groundfloor of the lower Belvedere are all by 19th century artists, the majority Viennese. A goodly portion of other modern work is also shown, which makes the Gallery well worth visiting. The rooms run the entire length of the groundfloor of the building, five to the left of the entrance vestibule, and three larger ones to the right.
Washington Art: The Development Of Washington
(Topic: Art, Art History, Washington DC) WASHINGTON lays proud claim to be one of the most beautiful cities of the world. In its great artistic composition, its combination of usefulness and beauty, the genius and sagacity of our forefathers is everywhere instanced; and amongst the treasures which the Capital preserves, is not one which rivals the city itself, with its broad thoroughfares, its verdant squares and circles...
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