Antiquities

Sculpture, painting, jewelry, vases, and objects of daily life from ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria

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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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Ancient Sculpture Inspires Contemporary Jewelry

Jivita Harris-Casey in her studio
Jivita Harris-Casey in her studio. Photo courtesy of and © Jivita Harris-Casey

Jewelry designer Jivita Harris-Casey crafts silver using centuries-old techniques. More»

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A Young Girl Holding Doves

Marble Relief with a Young Girl Holding Doves
Courtesy of www.metmuseum.org

A masterpiece of Greek sculpture is on special loan to the Getty Villa More»

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Poem for a Victorious Athlete

Detail of the face and shoulders of the Statue of a Victorious Youth / Greek

Of time, frailty, and fleeting victories. More»

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Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Portraits through Modern Technology

Joy Mazurek, assistant scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, sampling a mummy portrait
Joy Mazurek, assistant scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute, sampling a mummy portrait (J. Paul Getty Museum, 71.AP.72) for binding media analysis.

Funerary portraits yield their secrets. More»

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A Brief Introduction to Roman Mosaics

Mosaic face from Mosaic Floor with a Bear Hunt / Roman
Detail of a corner panel from Mosaic Floor with a Bear Hunt, A.D. 300–400, Roman, from near Baiae, Italy. Stone tesserae, 51–68 1/2 × 34 1/2–58 ¼ in.

15 key facts about this colorful and long-lasting art form More»

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When an Amphora Is Not Just an Amphora: Greek Antiquities as Presidential Gifts

President Dwight D. Eisenhower receives ancient artifacts from Prime Minister Spyros Markezinis.
Photo courtesy of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Abilene, Kansas.

Why did the Greek state give antiquities to U.S. officials as diplomatic gifts? More»

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Illustrating the World’s Most Notorious Troublemakers

How Raven Brought Light into the World / Philip
How Raven Brought Light into the World by Philip Carerra from his series The Art of Mischief: Illustrating the World’s Most Notorious Troublemakers

Dreamlike illustrations inspired by ancient art and myth. More»

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Potions and Poisons: Classical Ancestors of the Wicked Witch, Part 1

Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680
Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680

The curious evolution of the witch in ancient literature. More»

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A Guide to Euripides’ Medea

Mixing Vessel with Medea Departing in a Chariot
Mixing Vessel with Medea Departing in a Chariot (detail), about 400 B.C., attributed to the Policoro Painter. Terracotta, 19 7/8 x 19 5/8 in. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, 1991.1. Photo: Tim Evanson on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Unpacking the ancient, bloody myth of Medea. More»

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      Welcome back to #ThyCaptionBe, a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. Every Tuesday, this will go down on Tumblr and Twitter:

      1. We’ll post a detail.
      2. You guess what in the world is going on and write a caption (questionable accuracy welcome).
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