Etruscan women exhibition in 2011

This 2014 video is called Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia (UNESCO/NHK)

Lucas Knitel told on 27 November 2011 about the exhibition on Etruscan women at the Antiquities Museum in Leiden.

This exhibition is the counterpart of the present exhibition about Etruscan men, in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam.

In this culture in ancient Italy, women had a relatively strong position (somewhat like Egypt), if compared to Athens and other Greek states, Rome, and Mesopotamia.

We do not know as much about Etruscan culture as we might like. Much of their temples and other buildings were made of wood, so few of these survive. We also know much more about rich Etruscans than about poor ones. And the Etruscan language is still a problem. Not because of their alphabet, similar to the Greek alphabet; but because their language is unrelated to most European languages in antiquity.

There are varous theories on the origins of Etruscans. Eg, Italian nationalists tend to claim they were “autochthonous” ancient Italians. Another theory claims they were immigrants from Asia Minor. Mr Knitel tended to favour a third theory: that Etruscans were immigrants from central Europe. In what is now Austria, the Rhaetic language was spoken in antiquity. It seems that Rhaetian is related to Etruscan.

Daniel Teklehaimanot gets another Tour de France king of the mountains point

This video says about itself:

Daniel Teklehaimanot Wins Polka Dot Jersey at Tour de France

9 July 2015

Eritrean rider Daniel Teklehaimanot today re-writes the history of cycling at the Tour de France once and for all. From being the first black African to compete at the Tour to the first African to wear a jersey as he takes the King of the Mountain title at the Stage 6.

Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot was first on the hilltop of the Côte de Canapville in the seventh stage of the Tour de France race today. That meant one more point for his king of the mountains polkadot jersey.

There is much enthusiasm in Eritrea about this.

Eritrean sports journalist Habtom Yohannis tells that when Eritrea was still an Italian colony, there was a race with Italian and Eritrean participants. An Eritrean won, making dictator Mussolini angry.

Women in history, new app

This video says about itself:

Women on the Map – SPARK Movement & Field Trip

2 March 2015

SPARK is using Field Trip, an app by Google, to map women’s achievements in history. Learn more here.

By Bethan McKernan in British daily The Independent today:

There’s an app that will send you an alert when you’re near a spot a woman made history

Rediscovering fierce and clever women whose contributions to history have been sadly overlooked? Believe it or not, there’s an app for that.

Spark, a gender equality collective, has designed an app called Women on the Map which does exactly what it says on the tin – every time you are near a place where a woman achieved something extraordinary, your phone will buzz with an alert saying so.

Some members of Spark, a collective of around 30 women under the age of 23, noticed that women’s achievements are not honoured with statues, plaques and street names in the same way men are: in New York City, for example, there are 145 statues of men, and just five of women.

They decided to use modern technology to start rewriting the history books, crowdsourcing the stories of around 119 women in 28 different countries so far.

Anyone can nominate a woman to be included by emailing Spark with 300 words about someone they feel should be included in their community or area who has been neglected by mainstream historical narratives.

“We didn’t want to start with women who everyone had heard of,” Edell told Time. “We want the project to expand what it means to be part of history.” So far, 60 per cent of the stories are about women of color.

If you find yourself near Le Vésinet in Paris, your phone will buzz about Josephine Baker, and in San Francisco you can learn about Mary Ellen Pleasant, who was born in the city as a slave and went on to become a major civil rights activist. If you’re in Lyme Regis, you’ll be told about paleontologist Mary Anning, who discovered fossils of the Plesiosaurus in 1823.

The app is available through Google Field Trip, a background app that sends notifications when you approach significant destinations. Just turn on the ‘Women on the Map’ option and you’re ready to start exploring women’s history.

Hendrik Willem Mesdag, new watercolour painting discovery

The newly discovered Hendrik Willem Mesdag watercolour painting

Recenly, a very small watercolour painting, five centimeter by three centimeter, was discovered in the national archive in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The newly discovered painting is by Hendrik Willem Mesdag (23 February 1831 – 10 July 1915). He made it in 1854 for his fiancee (later: his wife), Sina van Houten, also a painter.

On the back of the watercolour, Hendrik Willem wrote a poem for Sina.

The poem on the back of the newly discovered Hendrik Willem Mesdag watercolour painting

The words of the poem are (translated):

Thoughts are not subject to laws;
therefore; think of the
maker of this; as often as ye will take up this sheet.

Gron[ingen], July 1854

H W Mesdag

Hendrik Willem Mesdag and Sina van Houten are most famous for painting the very big Panorama Mesdag. So, this very small work is a bit of a surprise.