Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

Leonardo da Vinci was born 561 years ago this week; and it's amazing to consider that, so many years later, he still fascinates. He's definitely captivated our attention for the 20 years we've been doing what we've been doing. This...
Last week news broke that an Italian television producer is going to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, the woman long believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Outside of the fact that this isn’t...
At Paperblanks we love books and movies, so we asked our staff about their favourite onscreen bookshops.  In this new blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. In Eternal Sunshine of the...
A bookstore can be beautiful for more than just aesthetic reasons. While many contenders in our Beautiful Bookstores series feature marble floors or miraculous glass ceilings, they don't necessarily have the heart and history that a smaller shop may. One...
Jim Hodges' Untitled was installed at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York. The installation was comprised of four massive boulders melded with shiny colourful stainless steel, which has the effect of highlighting each rocks' unique curves and contours....
Samuel Longhorne Clemens (1835-1910), known by the pen name Mark Twain, has been called “the father of American literature. ” In his day he was America’s most famous literary icon. A humorist, satirist, lecturer and novelist, Twain combined narrative...
Photo Credit: Mike Sinclair In movies, TV shows and books, libraries are mostly portrayed as old brick-style buildings full of history and the odd dusty shelf of books. Should all libraries be built in this traditional style, or does a...
The 2014 Winter Olympics aren't the only exciting event happening in Russia right now. Yasnaya Polyana, the State Memorial and Cultural Preserve "Museum-Estate of Leo Tolstoy," is home to an ongoing array of linguistic, literary and artistic exhibitions! Literally translated...
Outside of its more functional uses, glass can be used to make some pretty extraordinary works of art. And, as pointed out on the Wikipedia page on the subject, these kinds of pieces "are more likely to be exhibited...
There is nothing like curling up in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa and a good book on Christmas Eve. But if you are like us, the annual tradition of reading a Christmas story can...

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