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Michelangelo: Liberating Angels In The Stones

Do you believe every human life born on this earth has an innate talent? May you believe it or not, this young boy had the potential to liberate the angels that he visualized on every piece of marble stone that he chiselled with his naturally deft and artistic pair of hands. Michelangelo Buonarroti took Lorenzo De Medici by surprise with his skilled sculpting as a young man, who later made the world turn around to him with his exquisite ability to transform mortified stones into immortal sculptures. He is a painter and a poet too. Medici employed this young man as a sculptor in his court offering five ducats as salary a month. He learnt classical sculpture there under the supervision of Bertoldo Di Giovanni, another well-known Italian sculptor. During this period, Michelangelo spent time w...

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa And Her Many Mysteries

On 23rd June 1952, a French artist named Luc Maspero, threw himself off from the fourth floor of a hotel building in Paris to death. The reason, as his suicide note read, was that ‘For years I have grappled desperately with her smile. I prefer to die’. He was obsessed with the smile of Mona Lisa, and as he couldn’t comprehend the mystery of her smile, he decided to end his inability to be discerning enough to catch the esoteric smile. This could explain us very well the mystery enshrouded in the smile of Mona Lisa, one of the most mysterious paintings our civilization has ever witnessed. Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian scholar painted Mona Lisa, known in Italian as La Gioconda, on a 77 cm x 53 cm sized Lombardy poplar wooden panel during the years between 1503 and 506. The painting remained...

The Ship of Theseus- Why Isn’t Everything The Same As It Were?

Have you ever asked if you are the same person as you were yesterday? As things tend to change every moment of time, how can be something the same even after a passage of time? This is a philosophical question that seems to have an obvious answer, yet can become very complex as one dive into the idea deeper. [Body1AdHere] This paradox of identity is often attributed to Plato’s Ship of Theseus. But Plato must have got the problem from Heraclitus’s argument that everything changes even during the finest of a moment. In his river fragments problem, he says that when you step into a river, come out and then step into the same river again, you have not entered the same river twice but have entered two different rivers once, because of the constituents of the river have changed in the time that ...

October Sky: What Does It Mean?

October sky is not a phrase in English language and doesn’t signify a meaning literally. Rather, it is the name of a book and a movie about the ‘Rocket Boys’. If you jumble the letters in the word ‘Rocket Boys’, you will form the word ‘October Sky’. [Body1AdHere] It is the story of a young man, who aspired to build a rocket along with his five other friends from a coal town in West Virginia, where mining is the only known trade for all youngsters, except the ones that got a scholarship for college education through football. The rest of them worked in the coal mine for their entire life. When the Soviet Union launched the first man-made satellite on Oct 4, 1957, the entire United States was shocked as they have believed that they are the leaders of technology with the greatest scientific m...

Why Is Stonehenge A Mystery?

Our understanding about one of the most ancient monuments known in human history has been revised when scientists of Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project team discovered the most massive of all the stone structures known so far. It was found beneath Durrington Walls, which is around 3 kilometres away from Stonehenge. The newly discovered structure is known to have been built before 4500 years whereas the Stonehenge that we have known till date is 3500 years old. As the mysteries enshrouding Stonehenge remains unravelled, a Superhenge has been discovered. Thus, the conundrums and awe of Stonehenge continue to surprise the humankind with its unanswered questions: Why was it built? When was it built? Above all, how was it built? It may look like a simple pile of stones, but they are enormously...

Caesar And The Ides Of March

What is it? The phrase ‘Ides of March’, (e silent in Ides) may sound very sophisticated, but it was just a way of denoting the 15th of March on the Roman calendar. This calendar did not number the days of a month as we do, but divided a month into three sections namely Nones, Ides and Kalends. Nones denoted the seventh day of March, May, July and October and the fifth day in the remaining months. Similarly Ides represented the fifteenth day of the above-mentioned months and the thirteenth day of the remaining months, whereas Kalends is the first day of every month. Thus Ides does happen in all the months, not just March, but Ides of March is significant in many ways. Religious ceremonies and celebrations including Anna Perenna were observed widely in the Roman calendar on this day and it h...

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