Guardian graphic. Image: Google Earth. Source: Museu Nacional
A fire has completely destroyed the 200-year old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Once the home of Brazil’s monarch, the palace became the largest history museum in Latin America. Its collections included art and artifacts of indigenous peoples, as well as Egyptian and Greco-Roman works, fossils, and so much more.
Why would prehistoric humans decorate an object?
Mosaics dating to the late Roman period have been found in a synagogue in modern Israel “challenge current notions of ancient Jewish aesthetics and the art of depicting scripture.”
Sarah E. Bond, “Discovery of Jewish Mosaics in Israel Bring Color to Biblical Accounts,” Hyperallergic, 7/20/18.
Fish swallowing Pharoah’s soldier in the Parting of the Red Sea
This is a powerful video on what is communicated through images and texts. The focus here is on the media, specifically The New York Times. But there are many parallels one could find here with textbooks, lectures, works of art in museums.
“Rewriting Racist Headlines,” Alexandra Bell, The New Yorker, 5/24/18
OK…you are an art conservator… What do you do with Degas’ Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer?
For more on this work, visit the Met’s site.
From National Geographic, Michael Greshko, 2/22/18
“World’s Oldest Art…”
There are two short and wonderful videos in the article. Enjoy!
Did humans or Neanderthals make these cave paintings?
“The Queen who would be King,” by Elizabeth Wilson, Smithsonian Magazine (Sept. 2006).
Read anything you can by Philip Kennicott, art critic for The Washington Post. Here he writes about how one might visit an art museum…and really get something out of it!
Philip Kennicott, “The ‘learn one thing’ rule.” Washington Post, 2/4/18, E13.
The series of short articles is about “getting the most” out of your visits to a museum, theatre, dance performance, even a movie. They are all worth reading. If you just want to read Kennicott, scroll down to the Mondrian glasses.
Tools have been found at an archaeological site in southern India that may date to 385,000 years ago…this is well before modern humans are thought to have come to India. Who made them? Read more in Sarah Kaplan’s article, “Sophisticated tools unearthed in India raise a question: Who made them?” Washington Post, 2/5/18, A14.
Artifacts uncovered at the excavation at Attirampakkam (Sharma Center for heritage Education)