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Gifts to the Tsars: 16th and 17th Century Gifts
from Turkey and Persia to the Moscow Kremlin
Gifts to the Tsars: 16th and 17th Century Gifts from Turkey and Persia to the Moscow Kremlin
by Lyne Raff 
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     Deep within the red, stoic walls of a fortress sits a building of gleaming white.  This white building is the Moscow Kremlin, a structure that has borne silent witness to both pagentry and revolution, both heroism and tyranny.  It has served as a royal residence and a seat of government; its cathedrals have held services since 1327.  For Russians, it is the holiest of holy places, and its thick red walls give sanctuary to one of the world's largest stores of royal treasures, relics, and artifacts.

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Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, and the Victorian Horse
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, and the Victorian Horse
by Lyne Raff 
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     Black Beauty has been, for nearly seven generations of readers, the quintessential Horse Book.
      Many children first met the horse through the pages of this beloved classic novel, or through one of the countless film or television versions of the story.  But there is another story, behind the now-iconic tale of the stoic Black gelding you may not know.   When Anna Sewell picked up her pen nearly 140 years ago she did not intend to write a children's book; she wanted to change minds.
     This is the story behind the simple little book that changed how Victorian society saw animals.

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 Above:  The Horse in Chinese Sculpture, and Tony Stromberg: Return to Freedom

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The Alchemy of Fashion
The Alchemy of Fashion, the Fashion of Alchemy: When Oil Paint was New 
by Lyne Raff 
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     ...Oil paint, it has been said, was invented as a way for artists to combat humidity.  The idea of using oil as a binder for pigment was not new in the fifteenth century, but it had not been used much by artists.  When Flemish artist Jan Van Eyck (1395-1441) began using it for his paintings the world of Art was changed forever.  Immediately, Van Eyck's works took on a luminous, lifelike quality that was never seen before.
      Everyone noticed.
 

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Breyer-Reeves: Artistry and Obsession
Breyer-Reeves: Artistry and Obsession
by Shannon Southard

     ....Most fans know that the Breyer molding company first started to produce model horses in the year 1950.  In designing a horse to accompany Breyer's popular mantel clocks, sculptor and artist Christian Hess built upon, and uniquely modified, the Roger Williams horse sculpted for Hartland, creating his own version of Champ the Western Horse--mold #57, the first model in the Breyer horse line-up. 
     Oh, the chain of events to follow that simle request.  I imagine not a soul realized that when the metal mold and rights to produce the Western Horse were signed over to the Breyer Molding Co. in lieu of monetary payment (so speculation remembers), that a legacy in plastic model horses would be born-- growing from local to national to international proportions.

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