This cuneiform tablet from Mesopotamia shows four lines of text written by a student – perhaps a proverb – with a teacher or parent’s writing on the back for them to c...
This 2,000-year-old Roman sculpture is based on an ancient Greek original...
This gold aureus coin from AD 40 was found as part of a hoard in southern India. Roman trading networks were ...
Pure spirit Photo 2017-11-19 14:46
Photos from Van Gogh Museum's post - Van Gogh Museum 2017-11-19 14:03
Vincent van Gogh also had to study. What do you think of the result? Study of the Paris Ramparts (1887) and Road Running Beside the Paris Ramparts (1887)
Photos from British Museum's post - British Museum 2017-11-19 08:00
Going on a pilgrimage was an important part of Christian belief in medieval Europe – people often travelled hundreds of miles to visit a saint’s shrine. Some wanted to feel close to their favourite saint, while others hoped to find a miraculous cure for illness. These small pilgrim badges were made cheaply in large numbers so everyone could afford to take home a memento of their trip. Many have been found near rivers – throwing them into water was thought to bring good luck. Listen to more about pilgrimage in our BBC Radio 4 partnership series presented by Neil MacGregor: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09d3r7s See pilgrim badges and more objects that reflect on the importance of belief in our #LivingWithTheGods exhibition: http://ow.ly/3bhO30gE5J0
National Gallery of Art Photo 2017-11-18 16:02
Channel your inner William Grant this ice-skating season, seen here in Gilbert Stuart’s "The Skater (Portrait of William Grant)." Today, the Gallery's Ice Rink opens to the public! At the outset of the American Revolution, after his loyalist family fled to Nova Scotia, Gilbert Stuart moved to London. Under the influence of contemporary English artists such as Thomas Gainsborough and Sir Joshua Reynolds, Stuart’s technique underwent a dramatic shift. He adopted a more sophisticated use of color and modeling, employed freer brushwork, and experimented with innovative compositions, such as the portrait of William Grant skating. Skating, a subject frequently found in genre paintings, had been virtually untried in portraits of this size. Join us this season and experience ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden, surrounded by the grand architecture of national museums and monuments. Have you captured a moment on the ice at the Gallery? Share your images below. Learn more about the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink: https://go.usa.gov/xnZSg Gilbert Stuart, "The Skater (Portrait of William Grant)," 1782, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Collection
What’s in store? Moving objects to Bloomsbury
‘Tucked away in a quiet road in north-east London, are two redbrick warehouses… inside, row upon row of wooden boxes containing 200,000 objects wait patiently upon steel shelves’ One of the largest museum storage moves ever undertaken, this blog post takes a look at how objects from Africa, Oceania and the Americas are being moved to our new state-of-the-art facilities in Bloomsbury.
National Gallery Photo 2017-11-18 15:46
Johan Christian Dahl's fame as a landscape painter spread quickly across Europe. The view captured in ‘The Lower Falls of the Labrofoss’ falls to the west of present-day Oslo. Stand before this work in Room 46: http://bit.ly/2zFOp37
'Tomb of Christ' 3D virtual exhibit at National Geographic Museum lets visitors experience holy site
No plans this weekend? Immerse yourself in our 3D virtual exhibition, "Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience." http://on.natgeo.com/2hBYvXU
Gun of the Day - NRA Museums 2017-11-18 14:00
GUN OF THE DAY - Hall Model 1819 Breechloading Flintlock Rifle America's first breechloading military rifle, our GOTD was to have nearly 20,000 examples produced near Harpers Ferry Armory. The Hall Rifle Works was located on Virginius Island, separated by a narrow canal that allowed for water wheels to efficiently power the machinery needed in manufacturing. A portion of the barrel near the muzzle was left unrifled so that muzzleloading could be done if necessary. Caliber: .52 flintlock Production Dates: 1819-1840 #NRAmuseums #GunOfTheDay #guns #history #rifle #flintlock