25 mars 2015

'Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art' opens at the British Museum

Marble statue of a discus-thrower (discobolus) by Myron (detail). Roman copy of a bronze Greek original of the 5th century BC. © Trustees of the British Museum. LONDON.- This spring the British Museum will stage a major exhibition on the human body in ancient Greek art, sponsored by Julius Baer. This exhibition will explore the Greek experience and its preoccupation with the human form. To the ancient Greeks the body was a thing of beauty and a bearer of meaning. The remarkable works of art in the... [Lire la suite]

14 mars 2015

'Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World' opens at Palazzo Strozzi

Head of Apollo, First century BCE–first century CE, bronze, 51 x 40 x 38 cm. Salerno, Museo Archeologico Provinciale. FLORENCE.- From 14 March to 21 June 2015, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be the first venue to host the major exhibition entitled Power and Pathos. Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World organised and produced in conjunction with the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Soprintendenza Archeologica della Toscana, Tuscany's directorate general... [Lire la suite]
19 février 2015

Major antiquities collection of over 350 works donated to Israel Museum by Robert and Renée Belfer

Belfer Collection. Marble head of a youth, after a Polycletus Greek original of the 5th century BCE., Roman period, 1st century CE. Photo: ©The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Elie Posner.  JERUSALEM.- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, today announced a transformative gift of more than 350 works of art and artifacts from antiquity by Robert and Renée Belfer, New York. Considered among the most significant private holdings of antiquities in the world, the Belfer Collection features hundreds of ancient Greco-Roman and Near-Eastern... [Lire la suite]
12 août 2014

Découverte d’une occupation néandertalienne en bord de Saône

© Henri Granjean - Collectif item / Inrap PARIS - Une équipe d’archéologues de l’Inrap fouille, sur prescription de l’État (Drac Rhône-Alpes), un site du Paléolithique moyen à Quincieux, à l’occasion des travaux de l’A466. Après avis de la commission interrégionale de la recherche archéologique, et dans le cadre d’une procédure de « découverte exceptionnelle », le préfet a prolongé la durée d’intervention de cette fouille d’un hectare.  Une séquence stratigraphique exceptionnelle Ce site préhistorique est... [Lire la suite]
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04 août 2014

Ashmolean's summer exhibition displays objects from ancient Egypt’s Amarna Period

Nose and lips of Akhenaten. Indurated limestone, 8.1 x 5.1 x 4.5 cm, about 1345-1335 B.C. © Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. OXFORD.- Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter’s excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The name of the ‘boy king’ is now synonymous with the glories of ancient Egypt and the spectacular contents of his tomb continue to enthral the public and scholars alike. The Ashmolean’s summer exhibition displays objects from ancient... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2014

Blue Splashware Cup. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100

Blue Splashware Cup. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100. Free-Blown Glass, 4 13/16 in. high x 5 11/16 in. diam. 2003.290. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. In the environs of Jerusalem, in about 50 B.C., glassmakers discovered they could inflate glass into a bubble at the end of a tube. This new glassblowing technique allowed glassmakers to produce vessels so quickly and cheaply that glass containers began to replace clay ones for household use. Blown-glass vessels were decorated using a variety of techniques—pinching,... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2014

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D.

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D. Mold-blown glass, 8 3/8 in. 2003.320. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. In about 25 B.C. glassmakers began to create decorative vessels, such as this cup, by blowing glass into a mold with incised designs. Mold fragments of stone, clay, bronze, and plaster have survived from antiquity. The earliest makers of molds for glassware may have been ceramists familiar with constructing molds for clay vessels. Mold designs often incorporated decorative... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2014

Cast Glass. Amber Bowl with White Ridges. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100

Amber Bowl with White Ridges. Unknown, Roman, A.D. 1–100. Glass, 4 1/16 in. diam. 2003.475. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. Casting is a technique of pouring hot glass into a mold. After the glass cools, glassmakers use various grinding and cutting techniques to refine the vessel's form and decoration. Decorative patterns are sometimes cut into the sides with a cutting wheel. Bowls were the most common cast vessels. Pendants, inlays, and other small objects were also created using this technique. This bowl has two... [Lire la suite]
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02 août 2014

Mosaic Glass in the J. Paul Getty Trust

Bowl with Blue and White Canes. Unknown. Greek or Roman, 100–1 B.C. Glass, 2 1/16 in. high x 4 in. diam. 2004.24. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. Mosaic glass vessels are among the most colorful ancient containers. They were formed by fusing numerous slices or ribbons (lengths) of cane in molds until they melted together into a swirl of colors, as seen on this blue and white bowl.Multicolored canes and figural compositions for plaques and beads were made by layering different colors and manipulating them into... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2014

Roman emperor Claudius was born on this day in 10 BC

Roman emperor Claudius was born on this day in 10 BC. This bronze head was found in Suffolk
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