Posts Tagged ‘Ancient cultures’

Happy Imbolc, Everybody!

January 31, 2018

At this time of year, I like to celebrate the arrival of longer days by sending a little something by mail. It’s a little old-school but I have this idea that people might like to receive something that has a stamp, that you can hold in your hands – and that’s not a bill. Here’s […]

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Met Faves

October 28, 2017

I was very excited to visit the Met in NYC, after a prolonged absence of nearly five years. (Since I moved, there are now two, but I’m talking about the original). This is a museum that lies on the same street as my old apartment; if you turn left out my front door and just […]

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Terra Cotta Warriors

October 12, 2017

Picturing this exhibition of 8,000 clay statues, I imagined tabletop action figures, as far as the eye could see. Toy “army men” fashioned for grown-up royalty. But what was I thinking – royalty gets the royal treatment, after all – this army, whose purpose was to guard China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, during the […]

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The Oak and the Cypress

October 5, 2017

…And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Excerpt from “On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran This body of work is about being married, or in a long-term relationship. The seeds of this painting were […]

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Pride Project #23 – St. Brigid

June 24, 2016

St. Brigid was an early Catholic nun, (who was probably a Celtic goddess and “Christianized”; her feast day is the same as the Druid Imbolc, which celebrates spring). She founded convents all over Ireland that focused on education and art. I read somewhere that she also enjoyed beer. She was very close with another nun […]

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Pride Project #2: Sappho

June 3, 2016

A different queer person or moment every day of Pride Month. Today, Sappho! She was a very well-admired Greek poet who lived around 600 BCE, who set her poems to lyre music that she composed herself. We get the word “lesbian” from her birthplace, the Isle of Lesbos. She was famous in her day and […]

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New Beginnings

February 1, 2015

Happy Celtic Spring! (Also known as Imbolc or St. Brigid’s Feast Day). Today we’re halfway between the winter and spring equinoxes, and this was traditionally a pagan feast day to celebrate the lengthening of the days. That increasing daylight means a lot to me on a physical level, as well as a metaphorical one. It […]

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365 Days of Art: November 27 – Archaeologist Enters Tut’s Tomb

November 30, 2014

November 27, 1922 One day after getting a peek inside King Tut’s tomb by holding a candle through a crevice, Howard Carter enters for the first time.

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365 Days of Art: November 4 – King Tut’s Tomb is Discovered, Florence Flood Damages Millions of Artworks

November 5, 2014

November 4, 1922 Howard Carter discovers King Tut’s tomb. November 4, 1966 The Arno River floods Florence, killing 113 and damaging millions of masterpieces. The scramble to deal with the sheer volume of works, as well as the race against time to avoid further damage by mold, leads to new developments in art conservation.

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365 Days of Art: September 12 – Dog and Teens Discover Lascaux Cave Paintings; Nan Goldin is Born

October 6, 2014

September 12, 1940 A group of French teenagers chase their dog down a hole and accidentally discover the most awesome cave paintings of all time at Lascaux. The prehistoric paintings are at least 15,000 years old, cover the walls and ceiling, and mainly depict animals. The degree of delicacy in these 600+ paintings is stunning. […]

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365 Days of Art: June 16 – NY Herald Reviews Edward Curtis’ Native American Project

June 16, 2014

June 16, 1907 The New York Herald says of Edward Curtis’ attempt to document all Native American tribes: The most gigantic undertaking since the making of the King James edition of the Bible”.

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365 Days of Art: June 6 – NYT Reviews Edward Curtis’ Photographic Book of Native American Research

June 6, 2014

June 6, 1908 The New York Times publishes a review of Edward Curtis’ first volume of research on all the Native American tribes in the United States, including photographs. An excerpt: Nothing like it has ever before been attempted for any people. He has made text and pictures interpret each other and both together present […]

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365 Days of Art: April 30 – Chinese Pilgrim Describes Now-Destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas

May 3, 2014

April 30, 630 A Chinese Buddhist pilgrim by the name of Xuanzang visits the Bamiynan Buddhas and notes that the area contains “more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks”. He also noted that the two giant Buddha statues were “decorated with gold and fine jewels”. You can read more about the destruction […]

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365 Days of Art: April 22 – Scientists Announce Discovery of World’s Oldest Oil Paintings

April 22, 2014

April 22, 2008 Scientists announce they have proved the world’s first-ever oil paintings were made in caves that were discovered behind, and after the destruction of, two giant statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Ironically, the dynamiting of the statues by the Taliban in 2001 revealed the caves and art behind them. Scientists discovered that paintings […]

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365 Days of Art: April 15 – Brunelleschi Dies, Da Vinci is Born, Nike of Samothrace is Unearthed, Impressionists Exhibit Together, and Thomas Hart Benton Reveals Himself to Be a Fool (Again)

April 15, 2014

April 15, 1446 Filippo Brunelleschi, father of Renaissance architecture and engineer of the Duomo, dies. April 15, 1452 Leonardo da Vinci is born. April 15, 1863 An excavation on the Greek island of Samothrace unearthed a winged female statue carved from white marble, known as the Nike of Samothrace, or Winged Victory of Samothrace. It’s […]

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