Archaic Greek Assemblage from a Warrior’s Burial, 6th century BC, made of bronze.
This helmet with a mask, separate nose piece, band, ring, and plaque were found, with other bronze armor, in a tomb in northern Greece. The helmet, cast with beaded and incised edges, is of a type possibly developed in the Peloponnese in the 7th century BC and later used in Illyria (a region northwest of Greece) and other foreign lands. The other objects are made of hammered sheet gold.
Courtesy & currently located at the Walters Art Museum, USA.
Exploring the Dream Worlds of Os Gêmeos
Brazilian artists Otavio & Gustavo Pandolfo, identical twin brothers who create painted works together, are known under the moniker Os Gêmeos (@osgemeos), Portuguese for “The Twins.” Their distinct style features yellow-skinned, skinny caricatures that come from dreams they say they have both experienced. The twins’ stunning dream-world-to-real-world collaborative style is influenced by artistic family members in addition to traditional hip-hop culture and the diverse culture in Brazil.
Os Gêmeos have hosted exhibitions at the Los Angeles MoCA, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Dépayz’arts in France and Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, just to name a few. In addition, their street art can be found in Berlin, New York, Portugal, Florida, London and across Brazil. Follow the progress of many pieces and murals through their Instagram account at http://instagram.com/osgemeos.
Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd out of Florida has been taken by the Minnesota Vikings at 23rd in the 2013 Draft.
The Vikings have a ways to go in order to legitimately become a contender for a championship. Obviously, their run game is fantastic with RB Adrian Peterson in video game mode, so why not step up their defense?
Marble portrait bust of Perikles, 2nd century AD, said to be from Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, Lazio, Italy.
Artifact statement from the British Museum:
Perikles (died 429 BC) led the democracy of Athens at the height of the city’s power and influence. He gathered around him a circle of poets, architects and artists, whose works include a programme of renewal of the principal religious and civic buildings of Athens. The crowning glory was the Parthenon, erected on the Acropolis between 447 and 432 BC. Perikles was famous for the power of his oratory (public speaking) that enabled him to rule Athens almost without opposition.
This is a Roman copy of an original portrait which was perhaps created in Perikles’ own day, or shortly after his death. However, it probably bears little physical resemblance to Perikles’ actual appearance, showing an ideal type of the mature soldier citizen, wearing a helmet pushed back on his head.
The portrait is shaped as a ‘terminal bust’ for mounting on a square shaft of stone. It is said to come from the Roman emperor Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, near Rome. It was later part of the collection of Charles Townley.
Many Korean buddhist temples have pairs of tall tone plinths placed close to each other near the entrance of a temple. This bronze statue is a model of what would have once been a flagpole which would have been placed in between those plinths. This statue is a South Korean national treasure because it preserves, as a bronze model, what ancient temple flag poles must have looked like. Dated to the Koryo dynasty.
Celebrating I.M. Pei’s 96th Birthday
Today, famed architect I.M. Pei turns 96. Born in Guangzhou, China, Pei came to the United States in 1935 to pursue higher education. He graduated from MIT with his Bachelors in Architecture in 1940 and from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1946.
Pei’s work is distinctly modernist with cubist tones and often features distinctive sweeping reflective glass facades. He is perhaps best known for the glass and steel pyramid at the Museé du Louvre in Paris, France—a controversial project completed in 1989 that has since become one of the most iconic modern buildings in France.
For more photos from I.M. Pei’s greatest works, check out their location pages below:
- Pyramide du Louvre - Paris, France
- John F. Kennedy Library Presidential Library and Museum - Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Luce Memorial Chapel (路思義教堂) - Tunghai, Taiwan
- Bank of China Tower (中銀大廈) - Hong Kong
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum - Cleveland, Ohio, USA
- Suzhou Museum (苏州博物馆)- Suzhou, China
- 5th Avenue Apple Store - New York City, New York, USA
- Miho Museum - Kyoto, Japan
- Fountain Place - Dallas, Texas, USA