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The Instagram of Ancient Rome

Mosaic Floor with a Boxing Scene
Mosaic Floor with a Boxing Scene; Unknown; Villelaure, France; about 175; Stone and glass tesserae; 208 × 208 × 8 cm, 498.9522 kg (81 7/8 × 81 7/8 × 3 1/8 in., 1099.99 lb.); 71.AH.106

In one square frame, Roman mosaics can tell an entire story More»

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Go Mad for Mosaics

Photo by Ryan Dickey, Watts Towers, 2009. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.
Photo: Ryan Dickey

Join us for #MosaicMadness to celebrate mosaics ancient and modern. More»

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Free Art Wallpapers to Celebrate #MuseumWeek

Vincent van Gogh's Irises as an iPhone background.
Vincent van Gogh's "Irises" makes for a beautiful wallpaper! Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh. Oil on canvas.

Van Gogh your devices. More»

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Yoga Artist Creates Living Sculpture at the Getty

Lamonte Goode at a #CamerasandDancers meetup at the Getty Villa

Dancer Lamonte Goode becomes a living sculpture at the Getty. More»

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Dancing the Getty

Jill Wilson (center) and dancers from Jacob Jonas The Company at the #CamerasandDancers meetup at the Getty
Jill Wilson (center) and dancers from Jacob Jonas The Company at the #CamerasandDancers meetup at the Getty

“Being an artist allows me to experience the world more fully.” More»

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Instagram Inspiration from the Old Masters

Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V
Sketch by Franklin Lei of Bernini's marble Bust of Pope Paul V. Courtesy of and © Franklin Lei

“I am able to capture so much more with my eyes than what I would from studying a photograph.” More»

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Talking the Global Middle Ages with Curator Bryan Keene

Bryan Keene

Curator Bryan Keene takes questions from inquiring Instagrammers More»

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“Make for Yourself First” — Tips from a Favorite Instagrammer on Art and Creativity

Matt Allard
Matt Allard. This and photos below courtesy of and © Matt Allard

Writer and photographer Matt Allard on inspiration, writing, and success on social media. More»

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Museums Based on Books: Your Nominees

Alice and Wonderland and Darth Vader
John Tenniel / gtartwork

What book would you like to see as a museum? More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Bonnacon

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Farting unicorn or the origin of “say it, don’t spray it”? It’s actually a magical animal from the Middle Ages…

      Here’s the full story:

      Porcupines have got nothing on this animal’s self-defense!

      According to the medieval bestiary (a kind of animal encyclopedia), the bonnacon is a creature with curled horn, leaving it defenseless against predators. 

      To compensate, it has the ability to aim and eject excrement like a projectile to distances of over 500 feet. Oh yeah, and the dung is burning hot. Doesn’t the bonnacon in this image look just a tad smug?

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      05/03/16

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