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If your heaven would be full of beautiful angels, mine would be full of books. . . The Frankfurter Buchmesse (The Frankfurt Bookfair) has a tradition spanning more than 500 years, soon after Johannes Gutenberg had developed printing in movable letters in Mainz near Frankfurt in 1454. The first book fair was held by local booksellers. . Frankfurter Buchmesse becomes the world's largest trade fair for publishing because this bookfair attracts around 7,300 exhibitors from over 100 countries, more than 275,000 visitors, over 4,000 events, around 10,000 journalists and around 2,400 bloggers. The main aims of Frankfurt Buchmesse are to help the publishing industry and the cultural institutions of the guest country to network more effectively on an international scale, to make its literature better known around the world, and to increase the number of translations emerging from the country. Every year, Frankfurter Buchmesse welcomes a different country as its Guest of Honour. The guest country presents its literature and culture at the fair in Frankfurt. . This year, their Guest of Honour is Georgia. "Georgia – Made by Characters“ was the motto chosen by Georgia, as symbolic of their nation’s freedom from the Russian federation and the Soviet status of the past. Their presentation focuses on the 33 characters of the unique Georgian alphabet and the stories and authors that harness the special expressiveness of the language. For an information, Georgia's past is marked by centuries of foreign rule, exploitation and oppression, Stalin's system of injustice, Soviet propaganda and finally, the hard times after independence in 1991, including unstable power structures, a dilapidated economy, corruption, violence and the battle for the renegade republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. And as a result, their literature is so illuminating. It meanders through the small country and its history, tells tales of people and takes an unabashed look at the country's chasms and upheavals. . #frankfurtbookfair #frankfurterbuchmesse #bookfair #buchmesse #bookstagram #bookworm #booknerd #books #buche #georgia #frankfurt #germany #deutschland

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When one of Berlin’s famous landmarks become the canvas for light and video projections... . . #festivaloflights #festivaloflightsberlin #lights #lightpainting #videoprojection #nightphotography #arts #landmark #monument #cathedral #dom #berlin #germany #deutschland

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What I love most about traveling is the possibility of getting lost and finding interesting spot. As I experienced when entering one of the hidden gems of Rome: Galleria Sciarra. . . Located just a few steps away from the iconic Trevi Fountain is a largely unknown courtyard that transports visitors back to the height of the Art Nouveau movement. Galleria Sciarra was built in 1880s for the wealthy, influential Sciarra family. The entire interior of the building is decorated in liberty-style frescoes painted by Giuseppe Cellini under the direction of the scholar Giulio Salvadori, keeping with the theme of his iconographic work: “glorificazione della donna” (glorification of the woman). The paintings are meant to depict female virtues, including Justice, Patience, Fidelity, and Strength. Galleria Sciarra is open as a public pedestrian thoroughfare, during office hours, with entrances on Via Marco Minghetti and Piazza dell'Oratorio. This gallery is also a proof that Rome is truly an open-air museum. . Art Nouveau is an ornamental style of art that flourished between 1890 and 1910. The term Art Nouveau first appeared in the Belgian art journal L’Art Moderne in 1884 to describe the work of Les Vingt, a society of 20 progressive artists. Art Nouveau flourished during a period of rapid social and technological change in Europe as industrialisation, mass production and urbanisation accelerated. We recognise Art Nouveau by its characteristic flowing lines, floral ornaments, geometric forms and use of symbolic figures. It was a deliberate attempt to create a new style, free of the imitative historicism that dominated much of 19th-century art and design. The unfolding of Art Nouveau’s flowing line can be understood as a metaphor for the freedom and release sought by its practitioners and admirers from the weight of artistic tradition and critical expectations. In Italy, Art Nouveau is called Stile Floreale (or Stile Liberty). . #gallery #galleria #museum #openair #courtyard #passage #pedestrian #paintings #ornaments #decor #arts #artmovement #artnouveau #stilefloreale #wonderlust #hiddengem #rome #roma #italy #italia

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Originally, silhouette is a French word. And for the sake of its history, and because I can’t make paper cut portrait, and because I visited the famous art museum in Paris, at least I had to take one silhouette photo with a glimpse of the “infamous” Louvre pyramid as the background 😉 . . Before the age of photography, the “silhouette”, either cut from paper or painted, was the most affordable portrait that could be made. Indeed, the word “silhouette” was applied to things which were cheap, including cheaply-made portraits cost far less than the traditional extravagent painted portraits and sculptures. “Oil portraits”, painted with complicated color and line, were created for the rich, and depicted elites in luxurious clothes. “Silhouettes”, rather, captured everyday people in everyday dress. . The French coined the phrase “à la Silhouette” (in the manner of Silhouette) as a derogatory reference to Louis XV's former French Minister of Finance, Etienne de Silhouette, who was considered a cheapskate. He was disliked by those who were affected by his tax plans, chopping tax money from the rich and reducing cost expenditures in the French government. When de Silhouette left his government position, he reputedly retired to a farmhouse which he decorated with home-made paper cuttings. Although the term “silhouette” existed in the 18th century, it wasn’t really applied to the art of portrait- making until later in the 19th century. And one of the famous artists who worked paper cuts was the author Hans Christian Andersen. . #silhouette #shade #shadow #portrait #portraitphotography #frame #profile #landmark #architecture #pyramid #history #monument #artgallery #artmuseum #museum #musee #museedulouvre #louvre #paris #france

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Souvenirs... For most people in my country, asking souvenirs becomes small talk when a friend or relative is on vacation. But you know, that‘s annoying! Stop asking other people for souvenirs, please... . . #souvenir #souvenirs #goods #goodies #shop #shops #gothic #bohemian #antique #namestirepubliky #prague #praha #czechrepublic #ceskarepublika

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A quick stop at the Bulgarian capital... . . Until now, I still don’t really understand EU and Schengen concept. And Bulgaria is one of the example, it is part of EU (European Union) but it’s not part of Schengen. However, if we have Schengen visa, we can enter this country. So confusing... . #landscape #cityscape #city #capitalcity #capital #nature #lake #water #mountains #field #viewfromthetop #sofia #bulgaria #europe

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One of many jaw-dropping Roman creations... . . The original Bramante staircase, in the Pio-Clementine Museum, was built in 1505 to a design by Donato Bramante. He was the first High Renaissance Italian architect. Bramante additionally designed a spiral connecting stair for the Pope on Vatican grounds in 1512. The stair plan is arranged in the same sacred circle as the Tempietto, but the elevation is pulled into a helix. The Tempietto is the purest example of sacred geometry of the High Renaissance. Throughout history, geometry has been employed symbolically in religious architecture to cause spiritual effect. Sacred Geometry, specifically the circle and the square, was used prevalently to designate a house of God. . And the modern Bramante staircase,” was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932. This staircase, like the original, is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending; as with the original, the main purpose of this design is to allow uninterrupted traffic in each direction. It could go not only people, but also carriages transporting goods. . #architecture #architectures #design #interiordesign #spiral #spiralstaircase #staircase #museum #geometry #renaissance #vatican #vaticano #rome #roma #italy #italia

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The rivalry... . . In the Piazza Navona, we can find Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (the Fountain of the Four Rivers) by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It stands in front of the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, a work of Francesco Borromini (Bernini's archrival). Rumor has it: The giant figures of the fountain show Bernini's disdain for the church. And this figure, the Rio de la Plata, with its scared expression and left hand raised, supposedly portrays the fear Bernini had for the collapse of Borromini’s church. . #fountain #fontana #statue #church #touristattraction #tourism #architecture #art #bernini #borromini #piazza #piazzanavona #rome #roma #italy #italia

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