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Who was driving the famed zebra carriage in London?
Walter Rotschild. The 2nd Baron of Rothschild was a keen zoologist. He owned the largest zoological collection ever amassed by a private individual: 2,250,000 butterflies, 300,000 bird skins, 30,000 beetles, as well as thousands of specimens of other animals. He sponsored many explorers and scientists, hence many animal species are today named after him. In his will, he donated the collection to the British Museum. It was the greatest accession which that institution has ever received.
The largest collection of Christian holy relics outside the Vatican is located in?
Pittsburgh, USA. St. Anthony’s houses the largest collection of Christian relics outside of the Vatican. The collection is comprised of around 5,000 relics, the majority of which are classified as first and second class relics. The collection includes everything from holy cloth to the entire skeleton of St. Demetrius.During the 1870s especially, his agents were able to collect hundreds upon hundreds of relics and ship them back to him in the United States. In 1880 he built St. Anthony’s as a home base for his rapidly growing collection of relics and then expanded it in 1892 to house even more.
Vasa, a beautiful Swedish galleon, is exposed in one of Stockholm museums. What was her fate?
She sunk just after launching. Vasa was built between 1626-1628 to fight against Poland and Lithuania. She was designed to become the greatest vessel of Swedish fleet. Richly decorated and well equipped with cannons was to pay high price for Gustav Adolph ambition. The ship was unstable, and she foundered on her maiden voyage after mere 1,200 yards. The loss was so big, that Swedes believed, it had been caused by Polish sabotage.
The most visited museum in the world is ...?
Louvre. The Louvre holds strong at number one with around 9.3 million visitors annually. The Louvre houses masterpiece artworks like Leonardo Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’, the ‘Venus de Milo’ sculpture of Aphrodite, and what is considered to be the finest diamond in the world, the ‘Regent’. As one of the world’s largest museums, the Louvre houses around 70,000 pieces of art in its 650,000 square feet of gallery space.
Where was this photo taken?
In Bilbao. One of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was opened in 1997. Computer simulations of the building's structure made it feasible to build shapes that architects of earlier eras would have found nearly impossible to construct
Where is this well known spiral gallery located in?
New York. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building of the Guggenheim Museum is one of the 20th century's most important architectural landmarks. Its unique ramp gallery extends from just under the skylight in the ceiling in a long, continuous spiral until it reaches the ground level.
In which Nordic country was this photo taken?
Norway. The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo houses vessels and maps from the 1964 Kon-Tiki expedition, during which Norwegian etnographer Thor Heyerdahl sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a self-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands.
This impressive quadrangle is the part of...
British Museum in London. The British Museum was opened to the public on 15 January 1759. The covered central quadrangle is called the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court. It has a tessellated glass roof designed by Buro Happold, covering the entire court and surrounds the original circular British Museum Reading Room in the centre. It is the largest covered square in Europe.
Who sculpted the Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss?
Antonio Canova. Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss is regarded as a masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture, but shows the mythological lovers at a moment of great emotion, characteristic of the emerging movement of Romanticism. It represents the god Cupid in the height of love and tenderness, immediately after awakening the lifeless Psyche with a kiss.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of the well known landmarks of Spain. Who was Guggenheim?
Famous businessman and art collector. Solomon R. Guggenheim was born into a wealthy mining family. He founded the Yukon Gold Company in Alaska among his other businesses. He retired in 1919 to devote more time to art collecting and in 1937 established a foundation to foster the appreciation of modern art.