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My Recent Posts – Art and Archaeology

From Cassatt to O’Keeffe

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is hosting *Modern Women at PAFA: From Cassatt to O’Keeffe* through September 1, 2013. The exhibition, which features 40 works by pioneering female artists, is a companion installation to the exhibition *The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World*, which is on view through April 7, 2013. *Modern Women at PAFA* includes both paintings and sculptures and explores themes such as motherhood and beauty, the natural landscape, self-portraiture, women in their community, women illustrators, and modern women in motion. Artists on view… more »

Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey

Israel Museum, Jerusalem February 13, 2013-October 5, 2013 The first exhibition entirely dedicated to Herod the Great, Israel’s greatest builder and one of the most controversial figures in Jewish history. Large reconstructions and new finds from Herod’s palaces in Herodium, Jericho, and other sites are on display. Exhibited to the public for the very first time, these artifacts shed new light on the political, architectural, and aesthetic influence of Herod’s rule (37–4 BCE). Herod’s tomb – discovered at Herodium after a 40-year search by the late Prof. Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew U… more »

The ancient civilization of Crete, known as Minoan, had strong martial traditions

*War was central to Europe’s first civilization – contrary to popular belief * Research from the University of Sheffield, Martial Minoans? War as social process, practice and event in Bronze Age Crete, has discovered that the ancient civilization of Crete, known as Minoan, had strong martial traditions, contradicting the commonly held view of Minoans as a peace-loving people. The research, carried out by Dr Barry Molloy of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology, investigated the Bronze Age people of Crete, known by many as the Minoans, who created the very first co… more »

Discovery of Ancient Pitcher Indicates that Biblical Shiloh Was Burned

Complete article *The Tel Shiloh dig. Photo: Courtesy of Tel Shiloh archaeological site.* Shiloh essentially served as Israel’s capital in the 13th century BCE during the first Israelite commonwealth, and as the spiritual center in Israel for 369 years until its destruction. The Bible does not provide much detail of the story of its ruin, but the discovery of an uncovered broken clay pitcher lying in a layer of reddish ashes was discovered near the ancient site where the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, was placed during the Judges period may shed light on the manner in which the capita… more »