Tabula Rogeriana: The First Great Atlas

Tabula Rogeriana - upside-down with north oriented up, by Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154

Tabula Rogeriana – upside-down with north oriented up, by Muhammad al-Idrisi, 1154

The history of the relationship between Muslims and Christians in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages is well documented. From the Crusades for Jerusalem to the shining cities of Al-Andalus, the two religions frequently inhabited the same spaces, sometimes clashing while other times intermingling at ease. One oft-forgotten region where a near-flawless co-existence occurred is Sicily during the rule of the Hauteville counts and kings, most notably under Roger II.

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Futurist Food: The Flavor of Tomorrow

The Italian writer Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (shown in about 1915).

The Italian writer and fascist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (shown in about 1915).

Futurism is an art and social movement that flies under the radar for many casual art lovers. Its primary sphere of influence was in Italy, though Russia had its share of adherents, from the beginning of the 20th century on through the Second World War. The movement’s focus was on the modern: speed, technology, youth… well, the future. Futurists dabbled in every medium imaginable, from painting to sculpture, architecture to ceramics, theater to music, and even cuisine (more on that later).

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