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British Museum Photo 2019-06-15 09:00

📜 Magna Carta or the ‘Great Charter’ was agreed to by King John #onthisday in 1215. It’s one of the most famous documents in history – among other things, it established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law.

This 18th-century copy of the...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-10 09:40

Ancient Egyptian kings would often alter older statues, replacing a previous pharaoh’s name with their own. Ramesses II, who reigned between 1279–1213 BC, would even rework the facial features of statues to resemble his own.

Both of these sculptures were modified during Ramesses’ reign. T...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-09 08:00

‘Please Sir, I want some more’

Charles Dickens died #onthisday in 1870. The author of ‘Oliver Twist’ is one of the most famous and influential British writers. He’s renowned for his novels about the hardships faced by the working class in Britain, which drew on his own experience of pover...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-07 08:54

We’re celebrating our 266th birthday! The British Museum Act was given royal assent #onthisday in 1753, creating the first national public museum in the world 🎉🏛🎈

The Museum officially opened to ‘all studious and curious persons’ in January 1759. This means we have two birthdays each yea...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-06 10:20

This imposing and intricately decorated costume is an 18th-century chief mourner’s costume from Tahiti.

It was worn during a dramatic expression of grief when a Tahitian chief died. Rampaging through the deceased chief’s district, the chief mourner sounded pearl-shell clappers in warning and ...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-05 15:59

Ming dynasty explorer Zheng He is the protagonist of an adventure manga by artist Hoshino Yukinobu. Weaving fact with fiction, the dramatic story follows Zheng on his voyages across land and sea 🌊

Adventure is one of the most popular genres of manga, but there are hundreds of different kinds! ...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-03 16:00

🦆 This decorative duck is an Etruscan ‘askos’ – a ceramic vessel that was used to hold small amounts of oil or perfume.

It was made between 325–275 BC in Chiusi, one of the most important and powerful cities in Etruria (in the centre of modern-day Italy). Animal-shaped perfume containers were ...

British Museum Photo 2019-06-01 08:00

#June is named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and childbirth. She held a powerful role in ancient mythology – she was the wife of Jupiter, king of the gods, and mother of Mars, the god of war.

This print, ‘The Triumph of Juno’, shows the queen of the gods seated in her ...

British Museum Photo 2019-05-31 11:16

The nickname ‘Big Ben’ is often used for the iconic clock tower which stands at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, but it was first given to the clock’s Great Bell, which weighs over 13 tons 🔔

The Elizabeth Tower, named after Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, was completed in 1859 and the ...

British Museum Photo 2019-04-01 09:10

#April takes its name from the Latin word ‘aperire’, which means ‘to open’ – just like flowers do in spring! 🌸🌼🌺

Here’s a beautifully detailed vase of flowers, painted by French artist Jules Pelletier in the 19th century. Find out how all the months got their names in our blog: http:...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-31 08:00

It’s #MothersDay! This ring is inscribed ‘MATRVM’, relating to the Latin root ‘māter’ for ‘mother’.

It forms part of the Backworth Hoard – a collection of gold and silver objects buried in the north of England around 2,000 years ago. The inscription suggests the Roman hoard was a gift to ...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-30 17:00

Vincent van Gogh was born #onthisday in 1853 🌻🌻

In his lifetime van Gogh remained unknown, but is now one of the world’s most famous artists. In just over ten years he created around 2,100 artworks.

This is the only etching ever made by van Gogh. It depicts Paul Gachet, who was the a...
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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: