Feb 17 2015
Dive deeper into the world of Mark Twain, Hans Zimmer, Napoleon and other icons as we explore their private environments.
Hans Zimmer is a German film composer and music producer. He has composed music for over 100 films, including award-winning film scores for The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), The Thin Red Line (1998), Gladiator (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), The Dark Knight (2008), and Inception (2010).
Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States, in office from 1913 to 1921.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the latter often called "the Great American Novel."
Gustave Boulanger was born at Paris in 1824. He studied with Delaroche and Jollivet, and in 1849 took the Prix de Rome. His paintings are prime examples of academic art of the time, particularly history painting. Boulanger had visited Italy, Greece, and North Africa, and his paintings reflect his attention to culturally correct details and skill in rendering the female form.
Henry Miller was known for breaking with existing literary forms, developing a new sort of semi-autobiographical novel that blended character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, explicit language, sex, surrealist free association and mysticism.
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945.
Fernand Cormon was a French painter born in Paris. He became a pupil of Alexandre Cabanel, Eugène Fromentin, and Jean-François Portaels, and one of the leading historical painters of modern France.
Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814.
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born into Russian nobility in Moscow.
Dmitri Mendeleev was a Russian chemist and inventor. He formulated the Periodic Law, created his own version of the periodic table of elements (which we use today), and used it to correct the properties of some already discovered elements and also to predict the properties of eight elements yet to be discovered.
Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and other cities. The style he popularized is named for him: Richardsonian Romanesque. Along with Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Richardson is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture".
Francis Hopkinson Smith was a United States author, artist and engineer. He built the foundation for the Statue of Liberty, wrote many famous stories and received awards for his paintings.
Karl Lagerfeld is a German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris. He is the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own label fashion house.
Keith Richards is an English musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the original members of the English rock band the Rolling Stones.
Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer.
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the United States.
William Burges (1827 – 1881) was an English architect and designer. Among the greatest of the Victorian art-architects, he sought in his work to escape from both nineteenth-century industrialisation and the Neoclassical architectural style and re-establish the architectural and social values of a utopian medieval England.
Casimir Zagourski (1883–1944) was a pioneering photographer of Central African peoples and customs. His albums and a postcard series collectively titled L'Afrique qui disparaît! gained him considerable renown. He was of Polish ethnicity, from the noble Clan of Ostoja.
Enric Sagnier was a Catalan architect. He was responsible for a number of landmark buildings in Barcelona, was very prolific, and could turn his hand to many styles, including neo-Gothic, neo-Baroque and Modernista.
Milton Caniff was an American cartoonist famous for the Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon comic strips.
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