The ‘Vienna Genesis’

The fall of man and God’s covenant with Noah, from the Vienna Genesis, folio 3 recto, early 6th century, tempera, gold and silver on purple vellum, 31.75 x 23.5 cm (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna) By Dr. Diane Reilly / 05.05.2017 Associate Professor of Art History Indiana University Wealthy Christian families living in the Byzantine world may[…]

The Art of Conquest in England and Normandy

Horses disembarking from Norman longships, Bayeux Tapestry, c. 1070, embroidered wool on linen, 20 inches high (Bayeux Museum) By Dr. Diane Reilly / 05.05.2017 Associate Professor of Art History Indiana University The Invasion On September 28, 1066, the tiny community of Pevensey (on the south-east coast of England), huddled inside the ruins of a late[…]

The Women of Mycenaean Pylos and Knossos

Fresco from Mycenae (1250-1180 BCE). Photo by Mark Cartwright, Archeaological Museum Mycenae By Judith Weingarten / 11.27.2016 Archaeologist Eritha, A Mycenaean Uppity Woman Around the year 1300 B.C.E., a priestess named Eritha argued a law suit against the governing council of the district of Pa-ki-ja-na (= Sphagianes, “the place of ritual slaughter”).  Eritha was high-priestess[…]

Pumapunku: A Capable and Innovative Culture, not ‘Ancient Aliens’

Photo by Brattarb, Wikimedia Commons Though some claim the stone structure at Pumapunku were alien, archaeologists find no real mysteries there. By Brian Dunning / 08.20.2010 Today we’re going to climb high into the Andes and take a look at an ancient structure that has been cloaked with as much pop-culture mystery as just about[…]

Ancient Egyptian Pigment Provides Modern Forensics with a New Coat of Paint

Latent fingermarks dusted with micronised Egyptian blue on a $20 note, viewed in the Near Infrared. Simon Lewis, Author provided   By Ivy Shih and Dr. Simon Lewis / 05.29.2016 Shih: Editor, The Conversation Lewis: Professor of Forensics and Analytical Chemistry, Curtin University It was during a trip to Indianapolis that Professor Simon Lewis, a[…]

Etruscan Visual Representations of the Birth of Athena and Minerva: A Comparative Study

The Birth of Minverva, by René-Antoine Houasse, 17th century / Palace of Versailles By Dr. Shanna Kennedy-Quigley Lecturer in Art History University of California, Los Angeles Etruscan Studies 8:5 (2001), 64-78[1] The myth of Zeus’s miraculous propagation of Athena is the subject not only of such Greek poetic masters asHesiod,Homer, Aeschylus, and Euripides, but a[…]

Changing Modes in the Representation of Cult Images on Ancient Greek Vases

By Dr. Brita Alroth Professor of Archaeology and Ancient History Upplala University, Sweden Introduction The title of this article, changing modes in the representation of cult images, promises more, I think, than I can deliver. At the present time, I have more questions than answers – questions that have arisen from the representations of cult[…]

The Basilica of Maxentius

Reconstruction of the Basilica of Maxentius / Jorgen Hartogs, Vimeo By Katleiah Ramos / 09.30.2013   Introduction Romans lived like they were gods because they built like they were gods – colossal, majestic and structurally remarkable. Many things come to mind when thinking of ancient and imperial Romans. Romans were farmers, conquerors, city planners, and[…]

Woodcuts and Witches

Witches presenting wax dolls to the devil, featured in The History of Witches and Wizards (1720) / (Wellcome Library) Jon Crabb on the witch-craze of Early Modern Europe, and how the concurrent rise of the mass-produced woodcut helped forge the archetype of the broom-riding crone — complete with cauldron and cats — so familiar today.[…]

The Ancient Origins of the Flower Crown

Apollo Crowning Himself (detail), 1781–82, Antonio Canova. Marble, 33 3/8 in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 95.SA.71. Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program From symbol of victory to Snapchat filter, wreaths of leaves and flowers have had symbolic meaning in Western culture for over 2,000 years By Emily Carruthers / 05.04.2017[…]

Fixing the Ephemeral: An Ongoing Conversation with Artist Donald Blumberg

Untitled from the series Television Political Mosaics 1968–1969, 1968–69, Donald Blumberg. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Donald R. and Grace Blumberg. © Donald Blumberg The Los Angeles-based artist speaks about photography, time, and the desire to remember. By Laura Hubber / 04.28.2017 Content Producer, Interpretive Media Department J. Paul Getty Museum For more than five[…]

‘Discarded History’ Exhibition Lifts the Lid on 1,000 Years of Medieval History

From the collection / Cambridge University Library Treasures from the world’s largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts – chronicling 1,000 years of history in Old Cairo – have gone on display in Cambridge today for a six-month-long exhibition at Cambridge University Library. 04.27.2017 Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo opens to[…]

Engineering Rome: Trajan’s Forum

By Aaron Couch / 10.26.2015 University of Washington In a city full of engineering marvels and tourists attractions such as ‍‍‍‍‍‍the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and St. Peter’s Basilica, it is hard to imagine that for centuries the most visited and important places in Rome were the public forums. A Roman tradition from their inception, the[…]

Did Artists Lead the Way in Mathematics?

Is there a geometry lesson hidden in ‘The Last Supper’? Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Henry Adams / 04.27.2017 Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History Case Western Reserve University Mathematics and art are generally viewed as very different disciplines – one devoted to abstract thought, the other to feeling. But sometimes the parallels between the[…]

The Perils of Periodization: Roman Ceramics in Britain after 400 CE

Early Imperial Roman ceramic bowls, early 1st century CE / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York   By Dr. Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews and Dr. Robin Fleming Fitzpatrick-Matthews: Archaeology Officer, North Hertfordshire Museum Fleming: Professor of History, Boston College 5 (2016) Abstract The post-Roman Britons of the fifth century are a good example of people invisible to[…]

Gifts of Art in Ancient Rome

Still Life with Peaches and Water Jar (left), Still Life with a Silver Tray with Prunes, Dried figs, Dates and Glass of Wine (center), and Still Life withBranch of Peaches, Fourth Style wall painting from Herculaneum, Italy, c. 62-69 C.E., fresco, 14 x 13 1/2 inches (Archaeological Museum, Naples) By Dr. Lea K. Cline / 04.22.2017[…]

Of Piers, Polltaxes and Parliament: Articulating Status and Occupation in Late Medieval England

  By Dr. L.R. Poos and Dr. Martha D. Rust Poos: Professor of History, Late Medieval and Early Modern England, The Catholic University of America Rust: Associate Professor of English, New York University 5 (2016) Abstract We examine the articulation and vocabulary of a newly complex social order demarcated by occupation and status in England[…]

An Honest Bed: The Scene of Life and Death in Late Medieval England

    By Dr. Katherine French (left), Dr. Kathryn Smith (center), and Dr. Sarah Stanbury (right) French: J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History, University of Michigan Smith: Professor of Art History, New York University Stanbury: Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities, College of the Holy Cross 5 (2016) Abstract Our article explores the bed as[…]

Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum of Athens

By Carole Raddato / 04.29.2014 Historian The Acropolis Museum in Athens celebrated the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s accession with the presentation of an exquisite portrait of the Emperor found in Syngrou Avenue and of an interesting video which showcased the Emperor’s immense building program in Athens. The presentation run from 15th January to 31st March[…]

The History of Art and Architecture in the Islamic World

Great Mosque at Damascus (Photo: G. Lewis) Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.12.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief A Beginner’s Guide Introduction to Islam By Dr. Elizabeth Macauley-Lewis Assistant Professor, Graduate Center of Liberal Studies City University of New York Origins and the life of Muhammad the Prophet Islam, Judaism and Christianity are three of the world’s[…]

Pagan Shrines and Temples of Ancient Rome

The Roman temple Maison Carré of Nimes, France, built 19-16 BCE, dedicated to Gaius and Lucius, the grandsons of Augustus / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Rodolfo Lanciani Professor of Roman Topography (1878-1927) Università di Roma Ancient guide-books of Rome, published in the middle of the fourth century,[34] mention four hundred and twenty-four temples, three hundred[…]