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How Tolstoy Battled His Depression
As Leo Tolstoy turned 50, he started experiencing an existential crisis and sank into a state of depression and melancholy. Despite being one of the wealthiest and most admired men in Russia, deep inside, he felt miserable. By this time, Tolstoy had already established his literary abilities and wrote two masterpieces War and Peace (1865–68) and Anna Karenina (1874–76). But he rejected his literary success and labeled his latter novel as "an abomination that no longer exists for me."
Deciphering a 250-Year-Old Mysterious Cipher
In the fall of 1998, Dr. Christiane Schaefer, professor at the department of linguistics and philology, was moving from Germany to Uppsala University. During her farewell, one of her colleagues gave her an old green-colored book as a parting gift.
Finding The (Wo)man Behind the Infamous Urinal Fountain
Marcel Duchamp created a poster Wanted: $2,000 Reward in 1923 in New York. Two headshots of himself, description of physical attributes, and an eye-catching note: "Known also under name Rrose Sélavy."
The Fascinating Iconography of Vesica Piscis
Vesica piscis is considered to be a sacred symbol that is made of the intersection of two circles of the same radius and the center of each circle lies on the circumference of the other. The exact origin of the symbol is unknown but the symbol prominently originated from Pythagorean history traversed to Christian iconography and evolved in several modern architectures.
Reading the painting 'Portrait of the Journalist Sylvia von Harden' by Otto Dix
During the 1920s, when Germany was healing the scars of its massive defeat in World War I, a new art movement Neue Sachlichkeit ("New Objectivity") gained momentum.
Vatican's Fig Leaf Campaign
In 1563, the Council of Trent launched the Fig Leaf Campaign to camouflage the male genitals visible in art across Italy. The cover-up choice was a 'Fig Leaf'.
4 Bizarre Fashion Fads From History
The medieval and Renaissance period has witnessed some bizarre and strange fashion fads. The female corsets that started as a bodice evolved as a tight-laced garment leading to the health hazards of women. Crinolines became popular for their silhouette but creating several risks to women's life. Chopines (high platformed shoes) were worn as a symbol of wealth but lead to an inelegant gait to the women. Powdered wigs started as a fashion fad but were used to cover male baldness and philandering.
The Woman Who Was a Muse to Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud
In an era when women of geniuses were not given exposure to showcase their talent or intellect, Lou Andreas-Salomé was one such woman who broke conventional barriers and carved her own journey. She was the first female psychoanalyst in the world and a lady philosopher of the 19th century when women were neither expected nor allowed to study philosophy.