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British Museum Photo 2018-06-19 09:11

‘I am Ashurbanipal, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria’

King Ashurbanipal of Assyria was the most powerful man on earth during his reign in the 7th century BC.
For nearly 40 years he ruled the largest empire the world had seen which stretched over 1,000 mi...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-18 16:30

Warrior. Scholar. King slayer. Lion hunter. Librarian.

Tomorrow we launch our next special exhibition about one of history’s greatest forgotten kings…

British Museum Photo 2018-06-16 08:00

This amazingly detailed sculpture was carved around 1,000 years ago in India. Sculptural pieces like this once decorated the outside of temples – this example is 165cm tall and is made of sandstone. The gods Vishnu (‘Hari’) and Shiva (‘Hara’) are combined in the deity Harihara who is depic...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-15 12:55

Magna Carta or the ‘Great Charter’ was agreed to by King John #onthisday in 1215. It was written to ease tensions between the unpopular king and the barons whose privileges had slowly been eroded. The charter meant, among other things, the king was now subject to laws, and the barons’ rights...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-13 15:00

Ancient Greek sculptures were once painted with vivid colours, far removed from the plain white marble commonly associated with them today. Traces of pigment still survive on the 2,400-year-old Parthenon sculptures. Some are visible to the naked eye, but to see others we require special equipm...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-11 11:00

Landscape painter John Constable was born #onthisday 1776. This atmospheric view of Stonehenge with a double rainbow overhead was painted in 1836 🌈🌈

Constable is known to have travelled to Stonehenge just once, in July 1820. While there he completed a sketch of the ancient stones that would e...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-07 09:37

We’re celebrating our 265th birthday! The British Museum Act was given royal assent #onthisday in 1753, creating the first national public museum in the world! 🏛️ %9F📜 🎉

The Museum opened its doors to the public in 1759, and has remained free to ‘all studious and curious persons’ ever since...

British Museum Photo 2018-06-01 07:00

June is named after the Roman goddess Juno – the god of marriage and childbirth. Her equivalent in Greek mythology is Hera, queen of the gods. Here she is seated in a chariot.

How did the other eleven months get their names? 🤔 Find out here:

British Museum Photo 2018-05-31 09:00

The Houses of Parliament clock, often popularly referred to as Big Ben, first began keeping time #onthisday in 1859. The clock had been installed in the Clock Tower in April, but didn’t work at first because the cast-iron hands were too heavy! Once they were replaced with lighter copper ha...
How to make 5,000-year-old beer | Pleasant vices

How to make 5,000-year-old beer | Pleasant vices

How to make 5,000-year-old beer | Pleasant vices: Did you know the workers who built the pyramids were paid in beer? 🍻 We discover what ancient Egyptian beer might have tasted like as we recreate a 5,000-year-old recipe.

Find out more about this recipe and the history of beer in our blog p...
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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: