November 8, 2023No Comments

Unlocking the Enigma of a Viking Sword: The Legacy of Hartolfr

Step into the past with a Viking sword from 800-900 AD on view at the MET. On loan from Laird R. Landmann and Kathleen E. Kinney, this sword by Hartolfr stands as a testament to the era's craftsmanship. Adorned with swastikas, it sparks curiosity among scholars and enthusiasts. Explore its intricate craftsmanship, the enduring significance of the swastika, and the sword's role in human culture.

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May 3, 2023No Comments

How an Early Childhood Museum Experience Shaped My Life: Exploring the Egyptian Museum of Cairo

Embark on a transformative journey through early childhood museum visits. Explore Egypt's captivating artifacts and uncover the power of art and creativity. Rediscover the awe-inspiring wonders that shaped a lifelong passion.

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March 22, 2023No Comments

Origins of Oil Painting: More Ancient and Beyond the West

Researchers uncover something new everyday, you might have missed this major discovery from fourteen years ago.

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March 5, 2023No Comments

Chinese Scholar’s Rock in the Form of a Fantastic Mountain 

During the Qing dynasty, the appreciation of Gongshi reached its peak. Scholars and artists alike sought after the most magnificent stones to showcase in their homes and gardens. These stones have inspired China’s poets and painters. 

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February 26, 2023No Comments

Ancient Greek Bronze Veiled in Mystery

During Hellenistic times, the medium of bronze helped reach new levels of sophistication. Much detailed elements of the human form translated in this metal. Expression of the body such as our dancer here. But also naturalistic facial expressions including facial wrinkles, tendons, musculature, and veins.

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January 4, 2023No Comments

Diadumenus, “He Who Attaches” a Band around His Forehead

Master of classical Greek art, Polykleitos, revered the human figure. He created a method (the Canon) where a detailed system of mathematical calculation was to be used in order to sculpt the most perfect human form. He focused on balance and on the feel and movement of the flesh and muscle, preferably without drapery. The Diadumenus was the fruit of this intellectual approach. It greatly influenced the sense of aesthetics which played an important role in the history of Greek sculpture and beyond.

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December 16, 2022No Comments

India’s Oldest Continuously Practiced Faith with a Sculpture

On other Jain sculptures I have researched I also noted swastika symbols which are also found in Buddhism and among many other cultures worldwide. Jainsm and Buddhism have similarities, emphasizing discipline and purification of the mind and body. 

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December 4, 2022No Comments

Gandharan Schist of the Buddha Of The Future

In the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, Maitreya was the most popular figure represented along with Buddha Śākyamuni. Buddhist imagery influenced by the classical Greek and Hellenistic styles traveled to China. Later, it also reached Korea and Japan.

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June 17, 2022No Comments

Exploring the Sleeping Eros Statue: A Rare and Intriguing Bronze Masterpiece

Uncover the Sleeping Eros statue, an extraordinary ancient Greek bronze masterpiece at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts. Explore its historical significance in this post.

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April 6, 2022No Comments

Diogenes the Cynic in His Pithos

Diogenes is still highly regarded in the present day for his commitment to truth and living according to his beliefs.

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