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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...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-29 14:30

4,000 years ago, a dog left its pawprints in this Mesopotamian brick 🐾

The brick is stamped with cuneiform text that includes the name of Ur-Nammu, ruler of Ur (in the south of modern-day Iraq) between about 2112–2095 BC. It’s from the Ziggurat of Ur – a giant brickwork structure built in ...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-28 17:00

This stunning sculpture is made by South Korean artist Yeesookyung. She is known for creating works which celebrate vulnerability and imperfection, combining discarded shards of porcelain that are then fused together with 24 karat gold leaf.

See this object on display in Room 67 http://...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-26 19:00

Edvard Munch was a radical – he rebelled against his strict religious upbringing by mixing with writers and artists who challenged convention, criticised society, and advocated free love.

From tumultuous love affairs and emotional turmoil to subversive ideas and expressive techniques, dis...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-26 15:37

The Lycurgus Cup is the only complete example of colour-changing dichroic glass to survive from ancient Rome.

The dazzling effect is achieved because the glass contains nanoparticles of gold and silver – this makes it turn from opaque green to translucent red when light is shone through it. Mad...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-24 10:00

‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ 🌸🎨🌺

William Morris was born #onthisday in 1834. A prolific artist, designer and political campaigner, Morris is known for his floral motifs decorating wallpaper, furniture and tiles – his tex...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-20 17:38

It’s the #FirstDayOfSpring! 🌻🌷🌼🌹

Artist Mary Delany created 985 of these extraordinarily detailed paper collages of flowers, and only started when she was 72! Often mistaken for watercolours, the botanically accurate works are actually made from tiny pieces of paper built up in layers s...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-19 17:24

Different strands of manga have evolved for different audiences – ‘shōnen’ manga is aimed at young men and ‘shōjo%E2 manga at young women.

Higashimura Akiko is a manga artist inspired by shōjo manga. She created the award-winning series ‘Princess Jellyfish’, in which the protagonist loves jellyfish and ...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-14 10:10

One of the most impressive objects on display in our new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic world is this intricately decorated brass ewer, made in Afghanistan in the 12th century.

Our scientists scanned this object in the Museum’s X-ray laboratory to discover more about how it was c...

British Museum Photo 2019-03-13 10:00

This magnificent 19th-century garment was probably worn by a female member of the Ottoman court in Turkey. Made of velvet, it is embroidered with gold arabesque motifs – a common design in Islamic art.

The arabesque is a pattern usually comprised of scrolling leaves – it can be a small decor...
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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: