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Art and Archaeology: My Latest Posts

Check these out – all with great pictures and some even with video:

Manet: Portraying Life at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

In January 2013, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase Édouard Manet’s portraiture. The exhibition will examine the relationship between Manet’s portrait painting and his scenes of modern life. By translating portrait sitters into actors in his genre scenes, Manet guarantees the authenticity of the figures that populate his genre paintings and asserts a new, more potent relationship between Realism and Modernity. *Manet: Portraying Life *will include over 50 paintings spanning the career of this archetypal modern artist together wi… more »

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

Denver Art Museum announces Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico. Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, an exhibition on view February 10, 2013 – April 28, 2013. The exhibition brings to light a relatively unknown aspect of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art and thinking—her deep respect for the diverse and distinctive cultures of northern New Mexico. The exhibition features 53 O’Keeffe works including 15… more »

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Gainsborough, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Théodore Géricault

On 31 January, Christie’s New York will present the sale of Old Master & Early British Drawings & Watercolors, which will offer works of remarkable quality and rarity from several North American private collections. A highlight of Old Masters Week, the sale is comprised of over 160 works, offering one of the strongest selections in recent years at Christie’s New York. Exceptional examples of European drawings from the 16th to the 19th centuries will be offered, with highlights including masterpieces by Parmigianino, Claude Lorrain, François Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Thomas Gai… more »

A genizah of Jewish manuscripts from Afghanistan: 11th century

About a year and a half ago, the National Library of Israel got word regarding the existence of a stash, a genizah, of Jewish manuscripts from Afghanistan. The news was backed by numerous photographs. The manuscripts left Afghanistan and reached antiquaries in different countries, bound together in bundles of varying sizes. *A letter in Judeo-Persian dealing with financial and family matters.* The material includes many dozens of fragments in Hebrew, in Judeo-Arabic, in Judeo-Persian and in Muslim Arabic. The documents written in Muslim Arabic are dated and their content is of a l… more »

Jerusalem find: “proto-aeolic capital

* A similar find* When an architectural fragment like this one is found on an archaeological dig in Jerusalem, it could likely mean a very important building existed somewhere nearby — such as a building fit for a king. An archaeological excavation team under the direction of Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar has recently uncovered a large fragment of what is known as a “proto-aeolic capital”, or royal Israelite capital, the top-most portion of an architectural column that is designed to support or grace the facade or entrance-way of an important royal or administrative/public bu… more »

The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460

Palazzo Strozzi will present *The Springtime of the Renaissance; Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460*, an exhibition which sets out to illustrate the origin of what is still known today as the “miracle” of the Renaissance in Florence predominantly through masterpieces of sculpture, the form of figurative art in which it was first embodied. Following its debut in Florence, where it will be on view from 23 March to 18 August 2013, the exhibition will be shown at the Musée du Louvre in Paris from 23 September 2013 to 6 January 2014. The lengthy preparation that has gone into… more »

Treasures of the Alfred Stieglitz Center: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art December 22, 2012–April 7, 2013 This exhibition presents a survey of photographs from the permanent collection and includes an important group of works by Dorothy Norman and her mentor Alfred Stieglitz, one of the greatest figures in twentieth-century American art. There are also early masterworks by Gustave Le Gray, whose images of light and motion inspired the Impressionists; Edward Weston; Julia Margaret Cameron; and Charles Aubry. These striking images are complemented by an array of modern and contemporary works that trace the medium’s hi… more »