Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019)

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019) Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, whose lucent works ally modernist abstraction with Islamic ornament, has died at age ninety-seven. Renowned internationally for her dazzling, painstaking mirrorwork, in later life Farmanfarmaian rose to prominence as one of Iran’s foremost contemporary artists as well as one of its most prolific Continue Reading

Notre Dame de Paris

This resilient, gravity-defying Gothic cathedral survived centuries of France’s turbulent past. It emerged in the 19th century from near ruin, thanks to a massive restoration project. 1163 The first stone of the cathedral is laid with Pope Alexander III in attendance. 1182 Bishop Maurice de Sully celebrates the first Mass Continue Reading