Tim Brinkhof is a Dutch-born, New York-based journalist reporting on art, history, and literature. He studied early Netherlandish painting and Slavic literature at New York University, worked as an editorial assistant for Film Comment magazine, and has written for Esquire, Film & History, History Today, and History News Network.
Could the prevalence of flood myths around the world tell us something about early human migration or even the way our brains work?
Lawmen and outlaws were often the same people.
To answer that question, we may have to figure out when the famed painter started to go bald.
Far from practicing witchcraft, the experimentation of medieval alchemists helped bring about the Scientific Revolution.
Created in the 1880s, "Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan," which depicts a father murdering his son, divides Russians to this day.
Studying the display of personal wealth across time can help us better understand the history of socioeconomic inequality.
In many city-states, it was perfectly acceptable for older men to have sexual relationships with young boys.
If tourism is the lifeblood of the Peruvian economy, then Machu Picchu is the heart pumping that blood — in sickness and in health.
The “money taboo” is not a single taboo, but rather an amalgamation of several smaller taboos tied to gender and socioeconomic class.
If comedies do get made today, they usually bypass the big screen and go straight to streaming platforms.
Without Étienne-Joseph-Théophile Thoré, the genius of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer would have been lost to time.
Some analysts predict that Amazon's revenue will double over the next five years.
Like many of us, the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius hated waking up early, but his stoic philosophy always helped him get out of bed.
For decades, cinemas have earned more from concessions than ticket sales. But can their current business model survive in the streaming age?
We don’t know when or how music was originally invented, but we can now track its evolution across space and time thanks to the Global Jukebox.
Climate activists' brand of iconoclasm is far removed from the Beeldenstorm that swept medieval Europe.
"Tristram Shandy" trolled its way to fame.
A conservator from the Rijksmuseum explains how they went about investigating whether the painting is a genuine Rembrandt.
"All moments past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist."
For centuries, the only way to travel between the Old and New World was through ships like the RMS Lusitania. Experiences varied wildly depending on your income.
The Knights Templar were not only skilled fighters, but also clever bankers who played a crucial role in the development of Europe’s financial systems.
Marcus Tullius Cicero is widely regarded as one of the most gifted orators in human history. His writings can teach us a lot about the lost art of public speaking.
Is history decided by discernible laws or does it unfold based on random, unpredictable occurrences?
Studying neuroscience through art.
The value of art does not lie in the artwork itself but is instead determined by curators, collectors, critics, and other participants in the modern-day art market.
Instead of worshipping Yahweh, the devotees were perhaps dedicated to Mars and Jupiter.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony sends yet another strong message to Russian president Vladimir Putin.