Cultural History

All good things come in threes

In Christian symbolism the number three plays an important role, I am thinking for example of the Three Kings or the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). That is why it is usually assumed that the proverb "Three are all good things" has Christian roots or can...

Der Erlkönig

Who rides through night and wind at this time of night? It's the father with his child; He must have the boy in his arms, He'll grab him, keep him warm. My son, why do you hide your face? – You see, Father, not the Erl King? The alder king with crown and tail? My son,...

The Pharisee

High in the north, where the land seems to sink into the sea, where people in their coarsely knitted sweaters trudge over barren fields and "bad weather" is the name for a typical summer's day, that is where the island Nordstrand is located. Today, it is only a...

A young man loves a girl

A boy loves a girl, she chose someone else; the other one loves another and has married this one. The girl marries for trouble the first best man, she ran into; that young man, he's in a bad way. It's an old story, but it always remains new; and to whom it just...
Der Erlkönig

Der Erlkönig

Who rides through night and wind at this time of night? It's the father with his child; He must have the boy in his...

The Pharisee

The Pharisee

High in the north, where the land seems to sink into the sea, where people in their coarsely knitted sweaters trudge...

A young man loves a girl

A young man loves a girl

A boy loves a girl, she chose someone else; the other one loves another and has married this one. The girl marries for...

Bean counter

Bean counter

A bean counter is the term used to describe a person who has driven precision in all his actions to the point of...

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The Ore Mountain

The Ore Mountain

In the north of Styria lies one of the economically most important regions in Austria. This is the area around the...

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Victory Sign

Victory Sign

Forefinger and middle finger raised, the remaining fingers pressed into the hand. Today this sign is used all over the...

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Till Eulenspiegel

Till Eulenspiegel

He is probably the most famous Jester in European cultural history and is still the symbol of the funny mocker. But if...

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Fête champêtre

Fête champêtre

Jean-Antoine Watteau, who died far too early, was one of the most important artists of his time. He went down in...

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Napoleon’s bees

Napoleon’s bees

If one obtains a throne by one's own efforts, then one would do well to legitimize this claim by all possible means....

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“Flow my teares”

“Flow my teares”

In the course of the 16th century the lute gradually broke away from its old role. Within a few decades, it rose from...

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Banqueting House

Banqueting House

Born in 1573, Inigo Jones is regarded as the most important architect of English classicism. Little is known about his...

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Puente de Vizcaya

Puente de Vizcaya

In the northern Spanish province of Bizkaia, more precisely above the river that separates the municipality of...

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