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The best pictures of Helen of Troy

Posted in Ancient History, Best pictures, English Literature, Famous battles, Famous crimes, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Magic, Myth, Royalty, Ships, Theatre on Tuesday, 20 October 2015

The best pictures of Helen of Troy are all beautiful images of one of the most famous women in human history and legend.
The first picture shows Helen of Troy.

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Helen of Troy by Angus McBride

The second picture shows Mephastophilis conjour the apparition of Helen to pleasure Faustus.

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Helen of Troy in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus by Paul Rainer

The third picture shows Paris seducing Helen on his sham embassy to Sparta.

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Paris, Prince of Troy and Helen of Sparta, Queen of Laconia

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The best pictures of the German Romantic opera, Der Freischutz

Posted in Best pictures, Famous Composers, Historical articles, History, Magic, Music, Superstition, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Der Freischutz are striking images of the most influential of early German Romantic operas.
The first picture shows Caspar and Samiel.

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"Der Freischutz", Act II, scene vi, Caspar and Samiel

The second picture shows the famous Wolf’s Glen scene at the Royal Italian Opera.

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Scene from "Der Freischutz" (The Wolf's Glen), at the Royal Italian Opera

The third picture shows Max’s accidental shooting Agathe.

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"Der Freischutz", Act III, scene v, Max Shoots Agathe

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The best pictures of Oberon by Carl Maria Von Weber

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Magic, Music, Sea, Theatre on Friday, 16 October 2015

The best pictures of Oberon or The Elf King’s Oath are colourful images of the romantic opera by Carl Maria von Weber.
The first picture shows Huon and Raiza escape from Baghdad.

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Huon and Raiza Escape from Baghdad

The second picture shows Raiza’s aria, ‘O Ocean, thou mighty monster’.

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Raiza Laments the Cruelty of the Sea: 'O Ocean, thou mighty monster'

The third picture shows Huon blowing the magic horn.

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Huon Blows the Magic Horn

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The best pictures of the Poor Fisherman and the Caliph

Posted in Best pictures, Fairy Tale, Fish, Historical articles, History, Legend, Literature, Magic on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of the Poor Fisherman and the Caliph are colourful scenes from the folktale about Haroun al-Raschid and the fisherman whose fortunes change for the better.
The first picture shows the poor fisherman getting a very good haul.

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The Arabian Nights: The Poor Fisherman Gets a Good Haul

The second picture shows the Caliph teaching the fisherman.

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The Arabian Nights: The Fisherman Learns To Fish From The Disguised Caliph

The third picture shows the Caliph at the fisherman’s house.

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The Arabian Nights: The Caliph at the Fisherman's House

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The best pictures of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Posted in Best pictures, Fairy Tale, Historical articles, History, Legend, Magic on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves are colourful images of the classic Arabian folk tale.
The first picture shows Ali Baba finding the treasure in the thieves’ den.

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Ali Baba discovers the treasure by Don Lawrence

The second picture shows the thief’s mules carrying their bogus oil jars.

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How Ali Baba met the forty thieves by John Millar Watt

The third picture shows the thief offering Ali Baba the oil jars hiding his fellow thieves.

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Ali Baba is duped by the thief and his oil jars by Jesus Blasco

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The best pictures of the pantomime of Aladdin

Posted in Actors, Best pictures, Children, Christmas, Fairy Tale, Historical articles, History, Legend, Leisure, Magic, Theatre on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of the pantomime of Aladdin are images relating to the seasonal staging of this traditional family entertainment.
The first picture shows a poster for ‘Aladdin’.

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Queueing for Aladdin by Clive Uptton

The second picture shows a teddy bear audience watching the panto.

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Aladdin

The third picture shows Aladdin’s wedding to the princess.

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Aladdin's wedding

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The best pictures of Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp

Posted in Best pictures, Fairy Tale, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, Legend, Magic on Thursday, 15 October 2015

The best pictures of Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp are colourful images of the Genie and the Lamp.
The first picture shows the magical apparition.

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Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp by Angus McBride

The second picture shows Aladdin making a wish.

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Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp by Angus McBride

The third picture shows the genie concentrating to make his Aladdin’s wish come true.

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Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp by Angus McBride

Many more pictures of legends can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures of an Alchemist

Posted in Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Magic, Science on Friday, 2 October 2015

The best pictures of an alchemist are striking images of these early chemists and occasional magicians.
The first picture shows an alchemist and his assistant.

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Alchemist and his assistant by Roger Payne

The second picture shows an alchemist at work.

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The Alchemist by L Brunin

The third picture shows the alchemist’s workshop.

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The Alchemist's Workshop

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The best pictures of the Magic Lantern

Posted in Best pictures, Children, Christmas, Education, Historical articles, History, Inventions, Leisure, Magic on Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The best pictures of the Magic Lantern are of Lantern shows at home and in larger spaces.
The first picture is of children’s Magic Lantern entertainment albeit on a suitably religious subject.

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Children watching Magic Lantern Show of the Christmas Story.

The second picture shows a family watching a Lantern display.

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The magic lantern on Christmas Day by H G Hine

The third picture shows a Magic Lantern charity entertainment given for poor children in London.

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Magic Lantern Entertainment given to 1450 Poor and Destitute Children by the Members of the Fulham Liberal Club and Institute

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The best pictures of Titania

Posted in Animals, Best pictures, Historical articles, History, Literature, Magic, Shakespeare, Theatre on Thursday, 23 July 2015

The best pictures of Shakespeare’s Titania, Queen of the Fairies, show her with her courtiers and with Bottom in scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
The first picture shows her with all her fairies.

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Titania by George Soper

The second picture shows Titania in love with Bottom who has been transformed into an ass.

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Titania and Bottom

The third picture shows Titania and her fairies entertaining Bottom in an engraving made after the fine gothic painting by Henry Fuseli.

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Titania with her Fairies and Bottom by Henry Fuseli (after)

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