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Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). The Dispatch-Bearer, 1879. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Martha T. Fiske Collord, in memory of her first husband, Josiah M. Fiske, 1908 (08.136.12).

Johannes Beerstraten (Dutch, 1622–1666). Skating at Sloten, near Amsterdam. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.92) | Beerstraten drew and painted numerous views in Amsterdam and in nearby villages. The paintings usually feature one prominent building in a snow-dusted landscape, with ice skaters and other figures on a frozen waterway in the foreground. #olympics #iceskating

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Vintage Soviet Fairy Tale Illustration "Russian House" European Castle Fairytale Print - Surreal Onion Dome Castle

There's something about Eastern Europe that fascinates me to no end. Such different history and cultures, on only a few hundred miles away from me.