Statue of Aristotle in Marble, the alabaster mantle is a modern addition.

Aristotle

Aristotle is one of the most influential figures in western philosophy. He made extraordinary contributions to the fields of logic, politics, and ethics, and wrote several hundred books. It wouldn’t be hard to argue in favor of the fact that he is probably Greece’s most valuable contribution to mankind.

Antoni Gaudi

Park Güell Entrance - shows two houses
“Artists do not need monuments erected for them because their works are their monuments.” – Antoni Gaudí

God’s Architect

Gaudi is known as ‘The God’s Architect’ because of the themes that regularly appear in his works. He designed numerous buildings in the Catalan neighborhood. His best know works are: the Casa Batlló, the Casa Milà, the Park Güell, and of course, La Sagrada Família. Gaudi extensively used the principles of Catenary in his buildings and in doing so, revolutionized the way architects interpret space.

La Sagrada Familia

Not to admire the Sagrada Familia, is an unforgivable offence among art and architecture enthusiasts. Gaudi was well aware that the project could never be completed within his lifetime, and yet, he dedicated his best years to it. If you are ever lucky enough to get the chance to do it, the sheer size of his work will strike you once you step into the main chamber!

A smiling Laura Bush
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States
Potrait of Nellie Bly
Nellie Bly – “The Pretty Crazy Girl”
President Ronald Reagan smiling, United States flag in the background
President Ronald Reagan
Famous posthumous portrait of Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Machiavelli

Machiavelli was a Florentine politician who revolutionized our perspective of Political/Ethical dichotomy. He introduced rationalization to subjective thought, and in doing so, sided with the devil. He is regarded as the first politician who flirted with philosophy and organized his rumblings in the form of a book titled The Prince.


Gandhi clad in khadhi

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was instrumental in freeing India from the yoke of British Imperialism. He led India’s civil disobedience movement based on suffering and non-violence. He fought to eradicate untouchability from Indian society and promoted Hindu-Muslim Unity. It is difficult to imagine an India without him and hence he rightly is the ‘Father of the Nation’.


Studio portrait of Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur
Thomas Edison in his laboratory posing with his invention - the Light Bulb
Thomas Edison
A serious Sigmund Freud posing for the photograph
Sigmund Frued
Theodore Roosevelt Potrait
Theodore Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt displaying the poster of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt worked with a diverse group of people to charter the fundamental human rights.

First Lady and Pioneer

Born shy and insecure, Eleanor Roosevelt overcame her struggles in personal life to become one of the most influential women in the 20th century. She used her position in the White House to champion for the rights of the minorities and the poor. Her efforts led to the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

Seeking to Understand

Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.