Posts Tagged ‘Ancient cultures’

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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365 Days of Art: March 13 – Elgin Marbles and Their Poor Conservation Are Subject of Letter

March 13, 2014

March 13, 1858 The Elgin Marbles, sculptures taken from the Acropolis in Athens, and their poor conservation were the subject of a letter, written by the superintendent of the “moving and cleaning the sculptures” at the British Museum: I think it my duty to say that some of the works are much damaged by ignorant […]

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365 Days of Art: March 3 – Reconstruction of Dynamited Buddhas Is Discussed

March 3, 2014

March 3, 2011 Ten years and one day after the Taliban initiated their destruction, UNESCO convened a conference to discuss possible restoration of two 6th century Buddha statues. One result of the conference was a list of 39 recommendations for the site in Bamiyan, Afghanistan where two large niches in the side of the cliff […]

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365 Days of Art: March 2 – Taliban Dynamites Historic Buddha Statues

March 2, 2014

March 2, 2001 The Buddhas of Bamiyan, two 6th century statues of Buddha carved into a cliff in Afghanistan, were dynamited by the Taliban. The total demolition was effected in stages, and took several weeks to complete. I remember the awful anticipation of the clock ticking down on this one. I, and all my friends […]

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365 Days of Art: February 17 – King Tut’s Burial Chamber is Opened

February 17, 2014

February 17, 1923 King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber is opened by archaeologist Howard Carter. The brouhaha of the traveling Tut exhibition in the late 70s (which was revived with a less newsworthy sequel just a couple of years ago) was a big part of my childhood. I desperately, desperately wanted to see it at the Field […]

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