This Week on Google Arts & Culture
Selena Quintanilla was one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers in history. Known as the Queen of Tejano, she was a music icon, fashion trendsetter, passionate entrepreneur and community philanthropist. This new exhibit honors her life and legacy with a glimpse at her most prized possessions, iconic stage outfits, awards, photos, fan art, and other memorabilia.
Summer may be over, but nothing eases the transition like the spectacle of red, yellow and orange leaves lighting up the treetops. Take a look at these colorful autumnal paintings from art history to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Olaudah Equiano was an 18th-century black anti-slavery activist and lobbyist in Britain, popularly held to be the country's first black political leader. Originally from what is now Nigeria, he was kidnapped at the age of 11 and sold into slavery. He eventually bought his freedom and settled in England where he published his autobiography and formed a small abolitionist group called the Sons of Africa.
In 1967, San Francisco's "Summer of Love" captured imaginations with its psychedelic happenings, new sound in music, and campaigns for social change. This exhibit explores the city's counterculture and the fashions that emerged along with it, from the original hipster vintage look, to bohemian beads and bell-bottoms.
In the 18th century, having a miniature portrait was seen as a symbol of power due to the high artistic quality needed to paint in such intricate detail. This exhibit shows the masterpieces from the Bruni Tedeschi Collection at the Palazzo Madama and explains some of the traditions surrounding the giving and wearing of miniatures.
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The composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was one of the first black students at London's Royal College of Music and was also the first black man to conduct a white orchestra in the US. This exhibit explores his key role in black political and cultural networks in Britain and the American civil rights movements around the turn of the twentieth century.
Take a tour of some of England's most iconic cultural sites: the homes of famous musicians and writers; the places that have inspired famous books and songs; and stages where music and plays come alive. From where Shakespeare was born to Glastonbury Festival's Worthy Farm, these historic sites illustrate the rich musical and literary heritage of England.
The Diversity Wall at the Senckenberg Gesellschaft in Frankfurt shows an impressive cross-section of the biodiversity of the world we live in. Approximately 1,000 objects—from tiny beetles to the Okapi, from rare plants to exceptional fossils—can be admired in this display case. This exhibit takes a look at some of the highlights.
Artist of the Week
Paul Klee was a Swiss-German artist whose work, often characterized as childlike or fairy tale, was influenced by movements including expressionism, cubism and surrealism.
Street View Pick
The Hypogeum is a huge underground Neolithic structure located in Malta, believed to have been built as a subterranean cemetery. More than 7,000 remains have been found there in its interconnecting series of rock-cut chambers.