Ilya Repin – Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan (1885)

I was watching The Last Czars docuseries about the demise of the Romanov family, when it dawned on me that tragedies and revolutions do not happen overnight. Rather they’re the culmination of a series of unfortunate decisions trickling into ever larger events. We stumble our way through history not with reason and judgment, but with…

Leo Katz – Is This the Meaning of Life? (1937)

When Charles Darwin published his seminal work On the Origin of Species in 1859, he couldn’t have predicted the Pandora’s box that his research would open. Suddenly, the knowledge that populations have come to evolve through the process of natural selection was finding supporters of various stripes, each eager to further their own interests and…