Mysterious Female Nude Statuettes of the Parthian EmpireApril 13, 2021
Several female nude statuettes have been unearthed from the subterranean landscape of ancient Iraq. Rendered in the Greco-Babylonian style, these sensual, stone beauties captivate all who lay eyes on them. Yet their true meaning remains a mystery, tied...
Art and Ritual: Culture of the Enigmatic Moche PeopleMarch 18, 2021
The Moche were an ancient, indigenous people of Andean Peru. They are considered to be one of the most influential civilizations of the ancient Americas. Through their art, they conveyed the stories of their people and their beliefs....
A Luxurious Desire: Ancient Near Eastern Ivory CarvingsFebruary 18, 2021
The allure of ivory, a lustrous material that when polished gleams and glows, exuding warmth and a mysterious beauty. Near Eastern ivory carvings are eerily seductive and hauntingly beautiful. Imagine the thrill of finding such exquisite artifacts. These...
Unique Greek Geometric Art to See in Florida: Exhibition and InterviewFebruary 5, 2021
In conversation with Dr. Michael Bennett, MFA Senior Curator of Early Western Art at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, we explore the world of the Greek Geometric period and the Homeric epics. From Chaos to Order...
Painting of the Week: Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis DavidJanuary 24, 2021
Whether you are within an academic environment or at a coffee shop, when the term ‘Neoclassicism’ and its huge influence on the visual arts arise, you are likely to hear the name Jacques-Louis David many times. David was...
Living Memories: The Funerary Stelae of Ancient CyprusJanuary 20, 2021
The majority of sculpture that survives from ancient Cyprus are funerary stelae, elaborate grave markers to commemorate the dead. Possessing an almost mystical quality that is highly evocative and equally arresting, these emphatic monuments preserve a living memory...
Not So Dark After All: Greek Designs from the Dark AgesJanuary 18, 2021
In the mid-12th century BCE, the grand palaces and sprawling kingdoms that had defined life in the Mediterranean began to deteriorate. Perhaps traveling marauders crippled the region’s trade routes, plagues decreased their populations, or natural disasters wreaked havoc on...
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