Ministers' Selections from Europeana

In collaboration with the European Commission, Europeana and  the Danish Presidency, and to support an event to raise awareness of Europeana and demonstrate that online cultural heritage is a driver for growth, Ministers from the Education, Youth and Culture (EYC) Council each selected an item from Europeana. Each Minister's choice was published on the Europeana blog between May and July 2012.

For more information about each 'Minister's Treasure', click on a flag to download a zip file which includes the blog entry, a portrait of the minister and their chosen item.

Austria
Austria - Claudia Schmied
Belgium
Belgium - Joke Schauvliege
Bulgaria
Bulgaria - Mitko Todorov
Cyprus
Cyprus - George Demosthenous
Czech Republick
Czech Republic - Alena Hanáková
Denmark
Denmark - Uffe Elbæk
Estonia
Estonia - Rein Lang
Finland
Finland - Paavo Arhinmäki
France
France - Frédéric Mitterrand
Germany
Germany - Bernd Neumann
Greece
Greece
Hungary
Hungary - Géza Szőcs
Ireland
Ireland - Jimmy Deenihan
Italy
Italy - Lorenzo Ornaghi
Latvia
Latvia - Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende
Lithuania
Lithuania - Arūnas Gelūnas
Luxembourg
Luxembourg - Octavie Modert
Malta
Malta - Mario de Marco
Netherlands
Netherlands - Halbe Zijlstra
Poland
Poland - Piotr Zuchowski
Portugal
Portugal - Francisco José Viegas
Romania
Romania - Irina Sanda Marin Cajal
Slovakia
Slovakia - Marek Maďarič
Slovenia
Slovenia -
Žiga Turk
Spain
Spain - José Ignacio Wert Ortega
Sweden
Sweden - Joakim Stymne's
United Kingdom
The UK - Ed Vaizey & Fiona Hyslop

Country

National masterpiece

Description

Link

Austria

David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio

This well-travelled masterpiece was created in Italy, and passed through collections in England and the Netherlands before coming into the possession of Imperial Austria in the 17th Century.

Item on Europeana

Belgium

Madonna surrounded bySeraphim and Cherubim, by Jean Fouquet

This 1572 work is probably the portrait of Agnes Sorel, the mistress of Charles VII and is housed in the Royal Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts.

Item on Europeana

Bulgaria

Enina Apostolos (Енински апостол, Eninski apostol)

10th or 11th-century Old Bulgarian Cyrillic manuscript. It is the oldest Cyrillic manuscript currently part of a Bulgarian collection.

Item on Europeana

Cyprus

Church of Panagia Phorbiotissa, better known as Panagia of Asinou,

Situated in the north foothills of the Troodos mountain range, this UNESCO World Heritage listed Byzantine church is built on the east bank of a stream, three kilometers south of the village of Nikitari.

Item on Europeana

CzechRepublic

Velislavova bible (Biblia picta Velislai)

14th century illustrated bible

Item on Europeana

Germany

Metropolis, by Fritz Lang

This influential German expressionist science-fiction film from 1927 has been included in UNESCO's Memory of the World register

Item on Europeana

Denmark

Photographs of Russian Prisoners of War, WW1

Three Russian prisoners of war 1914-1918 in Danish care, thanks to Red Cross. From Royal Library of Denmark, Department of Maps, Prints and Photographs

Item on Europeana

Estonia

6-year-old Khanty girl in traditional dress, by Silvia Anslang

The Khanty - an indigenous Finno-Ugric people of Western Siberia - are struggling to maintain their traditional lifestyle in the face of a large-scale oil and gas industry. This image is part of a large collection of ethnographic drawings from the expeditions of the Finno-Ugric Research Program at the Estonian Academy of Art.

Item on Europeana

Greece

Antikythera Mechanism

Constructed in the second half of the second century BC, this is the earliest preserved portable astronomical calculator.

 

http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/

 

soon to be accessible in Europeana

Spain

Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beato de Liébana 

This 1047 manuscript contains comments on the Apocalypse and is illustrated with some 100 Mozarabic miniatures

Item on Europeana

Finland

Nokia's rubber football boots

Football has also become a part of Finnish design thanks to Nokia soccer studs.

Item on Europeana

France

Lascaux cave paintings

 

The discovery of the monumental Lascauxcavein 1940 heralded a new era in our knowledge of both prehistoric artand human origins.

Lascaux website, soon to be accessible in Europeana

Hungary

Bronze equestrian statue attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci

Unlike any other equestrian statues attributed to Leonardo, this one was cast in bronze available in the 16th century, with techniques already established at the time.  Should it be a copy, it must have been made shortly after the artist's death.

Item on Europeana

Ireland

Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921 signed by the British and Irish delegates at 10 Downing Street, London.

The Treaty established the Irish Free State as a self-governing dominion with independence in virtually all matters of practical government, together with complete control of its resources.

Item on Europeana

Italy

Tondo Doni, (Holy Family) by Michelangelo Buonarroti,

Painted in 1504, this is earliest of only three surviving panel paintings by the adult Michelangelo, and the only one to be finished

Item on Europeana

Lithuania

Artis Magnae Artilleriae by Kazimieras Simonavičius

This 1650 discussion of rocketry and pyrotechnics remained a standard work in those fields for two centuries.

 

Item on Europeana

Luxembourg

"Luxemburger Wort"  launched in 1848 and the "Escher Tageblatt" launched in 1913.

Both newspapers are still widely read in Luxembourg and they illustrate the priority given by the National Library of Luxembourg to the digitization of the press.

Luxemburger Wort on Europeana

Escher Tageblatt on Europeana

 

Latvia

Card from the

Latvian FolkSong Festival

From 1933; celebrating this Baltic cultural miracle

 

Item on Europeana

Malta

Les Gavroches, a sculpture by Antonio Sciortino

Inspired by characters from Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, the sculpture stands for both hope and innocence, representative of a young generation aspiring to freedom and progress.

Item on Europeana

Netherlands

The Evangiliary, the Edmond Gospels

Created in the 9th or 10th century in addition to evangelical texts and images it also contains the very first illustrations of Dutch people – count of Holland Dirk II and his wife Hildegard

Item on Europeana

Poland

The St. Florian Psalter

 

This early fifteenth century gem contains the textsof the Psalms in three languages: Latin, German and Polish. It is the oldest Polish translation of the Psalms,

Item on Europeana

Portugal

Os Lusíadas (The Lusiads) by de Luis de Camões

This epic poem from 1572 is a fantastical interpretation of the Portuguese voyages of discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Item on Europeana

Romania

Somnul by

Constantin Brâncuşi, Constantin

 

1908 sculpture

Item on Europeana

Sweden

Old Town and the Southern part of Stockholm city.

1900 photograph by Carl Curman

Link on Europeana

Slovenia

The Problem of Space Travel: The Rocket Motor

Pioneering 1928-29 work by Herman Potocnik, writing as " Herman Noordung "

Item on Europeana

Slovakia

Celtic coin from the 1st Century BC

Found in Bratislava 1923 when digging foundations for Tatrabanka

Item on Europeana

UK

Image of John Logie Baird with his first Television

From first inventing television in 1925, by 1927 Scotsman John Logie Baird had succeeded in transmitting television from London to Glasgow and the following year saw the first transatlantic television transmission.

Item on Europeana

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