Thursday, December 9, 2010

Explore European Culture with Europeana

The beta version of Europeana recently launched, a joint effort of EU countries. It is a wonderful digital library that is archiving European culture. One may view paintings, full text literature watch video, more. Great collections. Check out the Reading Europe or Art Nouveau exhibits.

From the about us page:
Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 14.6 million items on Europeana. These objects include:
  • Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
  • Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
  • Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
  • Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Some items and topics are world famous, like Isaac Newton's book about the Laws of Motion, the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer's painting of the Girl With A Pearl Earring or objects about the Berlin Wall. Others are hidden treasures, waiting for you to discover them.

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