Ancient Art

Yaxchilán Lintel 24, 723-726 CE, Limestone, Temple 23, Yaxchilán, Mexico, British Museum, London, UK. Detail. Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Stories: Yaxchilán Lintel 24

Yaxchilán Lintel 24 is an iconic image of Pre-Columbian art. It easily represents the vitality, mystery, and fascination surrounding the Mayan...

James W Singer 27 November 2021

South American Art

Art and Ritual: Culture of the Enigmatic Moche People

The Moche were an ancient, indigenous people of Andean Peru. They are considered to be one of the most influential civilizations of the ancient...

Marga Patterson 27 November 2021

Ancient Art

Turquoise: Art, Culture and Myth of a Gemstone

The bright blue-green Turquoise has been valued and revered for centuries by all the cultures around the world that had access to it. Several...

Nadine Waldmann 23 November 2021

Ancient Art

Man, Woman or Both? Meet Akhenaten, the Only Androgynous Pharaoh

If you thought that ancient Egypt had always been only about a large pantheon of gods, solid and emotionless sculptures, and masculine pharaohs, have...

Magda Michalska 20 November 2021

Literature

The Complicated History of Norse Mythology in Art

Literally speaking, mythology is an old-school kind of storytelling. “Mythos” is a Greek word for “story” while “logia” has the...

Lana Pajdas 30 September 2021

Ancient Art

All You Need to Know About the Lascaux Cave

Located in southern France, the Lascaux Cave houses some of the most famous prehistoric cave paintings, dating to approximately 15,000 BCE. The cave...

Vithória Konzen Dill 23 September 2021

Ancient Art

Lower Pecos Rock Art: Prehistoric Painting in North America

On the Texas-Mexico border, there are treasures of prehistoric art: hundreds of painted caves and rock shelters dating as early as 2000 BCE. Filled...

Alexandra Kiely 21 September 2021

Ancient Greece

There Were Really Hot Guys in Ancient Greece: the Barberini Faun

Drunk, sleeping men are rarely, if ever, beautiful and sexually appealing, but this is not the case with this really sexy faun from ancient Greece.

Marta Loza 10 September 2021

Sculpture

Attention: Have You Seen Ancient Sculptures’ Colors?

We admire the beauty and plasticity of ancient sculptures, how harmoniously they fit into the surrounding landscape. But we rarely ask ourselves the...

Elizaveta Ermakova 4 September 2021

Ancient Rome

The Portrait of Rome’s Decline: Bust of Decius

The turmoil of Rome’s decline in the 3rd century enclosed the 21- month reign of Decius. His tenure as emperor was not exceptionally short for the...

Guest Profile 22 July 2021

Ancient Rome

Masterpiece of the Week: Mithras Slaying the Bull

Mithras Slaying the Bull is a compilation of the entire religious and symbolic images of Mithraism. It reflects promised immortality and personal...

James W Singer 18 July 2021

Women Artists

Behold Dibutades, the Greek Inventress of Painting!

Long ago in the city of Corinth in Ancient Greece, a young maid traced the contour of her lover’s face on the wall. The man was leaving on a long...

Jimena Escoto 6 July 2021