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The Russegger Atlas - British Museum 2018-08-14 16:30

The Russegger Atlas - British Museum 2018-08-14 16:30

The Russegger Atlas: Between 1835 and 1841, Austrian geologist Joseph von Russegger travelled the globe recording what he saw in an illustrated ‘Atlas’. It covered animals, insects, plants, geology, weather and archaeology.

He discovered new species of fish, plants and insects an...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-12 09:00

The king and queen of the fairies recline on lilies in this page from ‘The Song of Los’ written and illustrated by William Blake, who died #onthisday in 1827.

What’s your favourite Blake poem?

British Museum Photo 2018-08-10 09:48

🦁In the 19th century, 25 of these majestic cast-iron lions once stood along the railings of the Museum.

It’s thought that designer Alfred Stevens modelled the regal pose from a house cat belonging to one of his friends! 🐱 #WorldLionDay

British Museum Photo 2018-08-09 14:00

The Roman emperor Trajan died #onthisday in AD 117. This marble bust was made after AD 108 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his accession – his Decennalia. The Roman Empire was at its largest while under his rule – he conquered Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) and Dacia (modern-day Roman...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-07 14:30

This intriguing object is thought to have been created by an antiques dealer in the early 19th-century from old and new parts. The bottom section is made up of the remains of a German Renaissance sculpture depicting the prophet Jonah and a whale, with the top part added later to create a salt cell...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-06 15:00

Owls are sometimes regarded as creatures of ill omen in Chinese culture. In 1973, a painting of a winking owl landed artist Huang Yongyu in trouble. Interpreted as a comment on Chairman Mao’s declining health, he was charged with blaspheming the socialist state. Eventually cleared, Huang prote...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-05 09:00

King #Ashurbanipal was one of Assyria’s greatest leaders, but his path to becoming ‘king of the world’ (as he described himself) was paved with family feuds and dramatic events of all kinds.

The statue on the right depicts Ashurbanipal, and on the left his older brother Shamash-shum-...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-01 16:00

Lindow Man was discovered #onthisday in 1984. His body was found preserved in a peat bog near Manchester in northwest England, with radiocarbon dating revealing he died between 2 BC and AD 119.

Conditions in the bog were perfect for preserving his body – cold, acidic and lacking in oxyge...

British Museum Photo 2018-08-01 06:30

#August is named after the Roman emperor Augustus. It was previously known as Sextilis, meaning sixth month.

This finely detailed cameo of the emperor was made in the first century AD. Carved from sardonyx, the naturally occurring alternating colours of the rock are used to delineate diff...
Sutton Hoo - British Museum 2018-07-26 07:20

Sutton Hoo - British Museum 2018-07-26 07:20

Sutton Hoo: The spectacular #SuttonHoo treasure was unearthed #onthisday in 1939 – one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made in the UK! ✨

Uncovered in the east of England, the site was probably the burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and contained meticulously crafte...

British Museum Photo 2018-07-24 06:30

Czech artist Alphonse Mucha was born #onthisday in 1860. His Art Nouveau works were inspired by natural forms and characterised by intricate patterns, floral motifs and flowing organic shapes. They appeared on posters, adverts and interior decorations around the turn of the 20th century. This ...
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National Gallery Photo 2018-06-08 13:15

In Turner's beautifully epic portrayal of Homer's Odyssey, we see Ulysses standing aloft on his ship deriding the Cyclops, whom he and his companions have just left blinded, and invoking the vengeance of Neptune. One of the flags is painted with the scene of the Trojan Horse. The horses of the Sun are rising above the horizon ('Odyssey', Book 9). Opening on Monday, visit 'Thomas Cole: Eden to Empire' and see Turner's influence on this American artist:

Tate Photo 2018-06-07 18:20

This Volunteers' Week we are celebrating the extraordinary contribution of over 500 volunteers at Tate who give their time, passion & expertise to visitors from all over the globe, across our four galleries. 'I didn’t know anything about contemporary art until I started volunteering at Tate in 2016. I’ve learnt a lot! I love passing on this knowledge to visitors. It keeps my brain active! My favourite room in Tate Britain is the 1840s room and my favourite painting is The Lady of Shalott. I like all the Pre-Raphaelites in Tate Britain. This is my favourite room and my favourite place to be.’ - Steve Daszko, volunteer visitor host with John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott 1888

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Photo 2018-06-07 15:58

On view tomorrow, June 8—"Giacometti” fills the ramps of our rotunda, featuring nearly 200 sculptures, paintings, and drawings by the preeminent artist Alberto Giacometti, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations. A collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti), this comprehensive exhibition examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable vocabulary. Learn more: … Photo: David Heald

Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2018-06-07 13:01

GUN OF THE DAY - A Ranger 1911A1? The Robert E. Petersen Gallery holds many unusual handguns and this Colt 1911A1 is right in there swinging. While some might be captivated by the fine set of stag grips on this GOTD, the oddly truncated trigger guard sets this pistol apart. There are a number of similar handguns in existence that were modified by Texas Ranger Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, who spent considerable time in later life in Hollywood, not far from where Robert E. Petersen lived. Is this one of that Ranger's handguns? We just don't know. Caliber: .45 ACP Production Date: 1943 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history

National Gallery Photo 2018-06-07 12:43

Gauguin was born #OnThisDay in 1848. 'Bowl of Fruit and Tankard before a Window' by Gauguin is a tribute to a Cézanne painting Gauguin had acquired around 10 years earlier, 'Still Life with Compotier, Glass and Apples'. It repeats many of the elements of this painting, such as the fruit, pottery, rumpled tablecloth and the knife at the lower right. On a wider level it is also indicative of Gauguin moving away from Impressionism to a more structurally rigorous art exemplified by Cézanne's work. View this homage to still life in Room 43: