This week on Google Arts & Culture
You probably don't give much of a second thought to this classic wardrobe staple, but there's more to it than meets the eye. Discover how the white T-shirt has gone from medieval undergarment, to being emblematic of mass-produced fast-fashion, to highly collectible commodity.
Trace the story of the humble pickle from farm to family dinner table with this exhibit. It tells you everything you didn't know you wanted to know about how a cucumber becomes a pickle, including how Heinz factory workers received weekly manicures provided by the company. 💅
Halloween is fast approaching so it's time to start preparing yourself for the spookiest night of the year. Test your fear factor by checking out this frightfully odd experimentation in photography with George Silk's Halloween-themed image series for LIFE magazine in 1960.
What to Read
The aim of the Voces Oral History Project is to document and create awareness of the contributions of Latinos and Latinas in the Second World War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. This exhibit tells some of their stories.
Bebop was a new hip approach to jazz, and Thelonious Sphere Monk was known as the "High Priest" of it. This exhibit celebrates Monk and documents the rise of bebop from the underground of jazz to mainstream swing music.
In 43AD the Romans conquered Britain and a fort was established in Cirencester, making the Cotswolds rich with archeological finds. Follow the history of the area from Roman Britain up to the 20th century with the Corinium Museum.
Artist of the Week
Banksy is a graffiti artist, political activist and film director whose real identity remains a mysterious secret. His distinctively dark-humored and subversive style can be found publicly on streets around the world.
Street View Pick
Gaudi's iconic—yet unfinished—Catholic cathedral combines Gothic and curvilinear art forms, which often lead to the exterior being described as "melting". It began construction in Barcelona in 1882 and is due to be completed in 2026. Take a look inside with Street View.
Artwork of the Week
The Ambassadors shows two wealthy and powerful men surrounded by paraphernalia representing their education and status. But can you spot the image of a distorted skull in the foreground of the painting?