Tag Archives: Sculpture

1673: Life Being So Short and Books So Plentiful

In 1673, Antonio Magliabechi became librarian to Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. He was an eruidite scholar, fluent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew, and—according to his contemporary and biographer Giacinto Gimma—versed in physics, mathematics, rhetoric, grammar, history, … Continue reading

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1929: ’ixtˈ

Every Tlingit clan in every major village was supposed to have its own shaman (’ixtˈ), who might also be a clan or house chief, uniting supernatural power with economic and ceremonial leadership….The functions of the shaman were several. He fought … Continue reading

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1975: Fred Hampton’s Door

Dana C. Chandler: Fred Hampton’s Door 2 (1975) Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton was drugged and murdered by the Chicago Police in 1969.  Dana Chandler first memorialized the event in 1970 with a small trompe I’oeil painting of a … Continue reading

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170 AD: Memnon

Portrait of Memnon: Greek, c. 170 AD Memnon was the pupil, protégé, and adopted son of Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat and sophist who served as a senator of the Roman Empire. He was named after the mythological Ethiopian king … Continue reading

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2000: Guardian

Klatle-bhi (Kwakwaka’wakw/Squamish): The Guardian; I had to guess on the date.

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6th Century BC: Mouthpiece

This silver-gilt mouthpiece comes from Cyprus and dates from the late 5th or 6th century BC. It would have been placed on the the mouth of a dead body as part of the burial process.

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1989: Walking House

Laurie Simmons: Walking House (1989)

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