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Pompeiian wall painting depicting autumn produce / Roman, A.D. 70

The Fine Art of Feasting in Roman Gaul

A taste of mealtime in ancient France. More»

Stereograph with skeletons and Satan / French, 1860s or 1870s

Skeletons Carousing in Hell

Skeletons in our closet. More»

A Monk and Guy’s Widow Conversing with the Soul of Guy de Thurno (detail) in The Vision of the Soul of Guy de Thurno, Simon Marmion, 1475. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. 31, fol. 7

The Ghost That Wasn’t There

What does an invisible ghost look like? Um, well, like this. More»

Be Aware of Others

Museum Visitors Write the Rules of 21st-Century Chivalry

Visitors common-sense (and sometimes hilarious) rules for 21st-century behavior. More»


Delightfully Horrifying Manuscript Illuminations

Selections from the collection for Halloween. More»

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    Memorial for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in a shopping mall
    Photo: Christof Zwiener

    How Should We Remember the Berlin Wall?

    “We believe that celebrations and congratulatory moments must give way to more creative engagement.” More»

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        Barley was used to brew beer and bake bread in the Middle Ages.

        This recipe was put together from manuscripts about early English bread-making. 

        Happy Thanksgiving!


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