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Illuminated Initials

Many medieval manuscripts are full of decorated capital letters that come in all styles and sizes. But what was their purpose? Read in our blog!

Surimono - the finest Japanese prints

Surimono are a genre of Japanese woodblock print. Produced in small numbers for a mostly educated audience of literati, surimono were often more experimental and extravagant than commercial prints.

Archaeologists at work

Archaeologists aren't always found deep in a trench sifting through rubble, but it's during their field work that they're often most visible. This gallery depicts archaeologists during their daily work: digging, excavating, researching, observ…

Lyre, Lyre

The lyre, often seen held by mythical characters such as Orpheus and Apollo, comes in all shapes and sizes. Discover plenty of variations of lyres in this gallery.

Party in Europeana

Here are some party pictures to get into a celebratory mood!

Ellis Island, gateway to the United States

This gallery provides a glimpse of the experience migrants had to endure when moving to a new home through Ellis Island, the United States' busiest immigrant inspection station for over 60 years.

Book Covers

"Don't judge a book by its cover", goes the popular phrase, but striking cover art stays long in our memories. Here's a variety of book cover designs, from children's fiction to classics of world literature.

1914-1918: Italy

Although a member of the Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary and Germany, Italy did not join them in 1914, but a year later entered the war on the opposing side with Entente Powers. This Europeana 1914-1918 Centenary Tour gallery highlights a selection o…

Everyday treasures

Sometimes when moving to a new place, it's not always possible to carry many possessions. These simple everyday items remind us how objects can connect us to home, to our loved ones, to migration journeys and to our cultures.

Propaganda Postcards from World War I

In this gallery you can find examples of postcards which have circulated and influenced public opinion during First World War. Read how the postcard became a weapon of propaganda in our blog.

Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa (also known as Andō) Hiroshige (1797–1858) is often considered the last great master of ukiyo-e – the Japanese tradition of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.


With a patent application first lodged by the Lumière brothers in late 1903, autochrome was an additive three-colour photographic process. It consists of a mosaic of colours on a glass plate, designed to be viewed using hand-held devices or projected usin…

Autumn in Art

Autumn has inspired artists for centuries. This gallery shows how artists have depicted the harvest season through colourful paintings and drawings.

Beetles and Butterflies - Nature of Turkestan in Drawings

Ernst Kleiber, German prisoner of war, created a richly-illustrated manuscript while in Russian custody in Central Asia (1915-1918). Take a look at those detailed sketches of the flora and fauna of Turkestan, the region where he was held captive.

Trading places: migration and new businesses

While settling in new nations, people who are refugees or have migrated have been setting up and working in new businesses. This gallery shows stores, cafes, restaurant, bakeries and more bringing benefits to their communities.

1914-1918: Hungary

Part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the dissolution of the Dual Monarchy in 1918, Hungary was changed profoundly by World War One. Images in this gallery provide you with an impression of what happened during four years of warfare.

From balloon to blimp: staying afloat

Selection of images of airships, balloons, zeppelins and blimps. Join us on a journey through the clouds in some of the most imaginative floating vessels in history.


Hungary’s capital is bisected by the river Danube and its origins began with Aquincum, a Celtic settlement. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century and today, its famous Chain Bridge links Buda with Pest, united in 1873. Gallery curated by …

Field Postcards 1914-1918

This gallery shows German postcards sent by soldiers to their families during World War One. Surprising images, colourful content and serious matters alternate in this selection of ‘Feldpostkarten’.

1914-1918: Belgian refugees in The Netherlands

After the invasion of Belgium by the German Army over a million Belgians fled to the Netherlands. This gallery shows daily life in specially built refugee camps. Read more about it in our blog.