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Bringing Barbara Kruger’s “Whose Values” into the Classroom

A new lesson plan brings Barbara Kruger’s question-based art project to life for teachers and students As the Whose Values project quickly approaches its closing date—August 2—I’ve been reflecting on my experience working on the project and how deeply it… More»

Portrait of Louis XIV / after Hyacinthe Rigaud

The Height of Fashion

Louis XIV and the craze for high heels. More»

Volvelle Animation

Decoding the Medieval Volvelle

It’s part timepiece, part floppy disk, and part crystal ball. More»

Portrait of a Man / Greek
Copyright © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports/Archaeological Receipts Fund

A Brief Introduction to Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World

A guide to these rare and highly expressive artworks. More»

Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre / Robert Nanteuil

A 17th-Century Face-Off

Masterpieces aren’t the only important objects in art history. More»

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    Interior and sculpture of a bodhisattva in Cave 275 / Cave Temples of Dunhuang
    © The Dunhuang Academy

    14 Fascinating Facts about the Cave Temples of Dunhuang

    A look at one of the cultural and artistic wonders of the world. More»

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        Olympian Census #3: Poseidon

        Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

        Roman name: Neptune

        Employment: God of the Sea

        Place of residence: A fancy palace somewhere in the Aegean Sea

        Parents: Cronus and Rhea

        Marital status: Married to Amphitrite, a sea goddess, but had many affairs just like his brother Zeus

        Offspring: Had many children including Triton, Theseus, Orion, Polyphemos and Arion

        Symbol: Trident, horse, and dolphin

        Special talent: Starting earthquakes & Shapeshifting into a horse to pursue women

        Highlights reel:

        • When Goddess Demeter turned into a mare to escape Poseidon’s pursuit, Poseidon also turned into a horse and mated with her, creating a talking horse baby, Arion.
        • Athena became the patron goddess of Athens over Poseidon by giving the city an olive tree, which produced wood, oil, and food. Poseidon had given them a salt-water spring. Nice going, Poseidon.
        • Poseidon cursed Olysseus to wander the seas for 10 years after the Trojan War in revenge for Olysseus blinding his son, the cyclops Poplyphemos.

        Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.


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