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Matisse Looks to the Masters: A Modern Artist Who Invokes Antiquity

Matisse, The Serf, MOMA San Francisco (images courtesy of MOMA) By Alice Devine Wilson –  At first glance, modern art seems to have little connection to antiquity—as contemporary art, by its definition, departs from the past. However,...

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In the Lap of Luxury: Quality Textiles as Signs of Nobility and Rulership

Nicholas Karcher atelier, Joseph Flees Potiphar’s Wife, 1549, design after Bronzino By Andrea M. Gáldy –  Florence is currently getting ready for an “event of historic magnitude” as it has been called by her mayor Dario Nardella...

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The Farnese Atlas

By Alice Devine Wilson –  Wander into the enormous Roman sculpture galleries of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and a strapping man carrying the weight of the world on his muscled shoulders may arrest your attention....

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Alsace’s Dual Crowns: Eguisheim and Riquewihr

                View up Riquewihr’s central street, Rue de General de Gaulle (Photo P. Hunt 2016) By Patrick Hunt –  Those who love the best of Alsace know that although it is now part of France, it has been fought over...

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Burgundy’s Historic Wine Village, Vosne-Romanée

Vosne-Romanée  (Photo P. Hunt, 2015) By Patrick Hunt –  Vosne-Romanée may be known to many connoisseurs as the most exclusive wine village not only in the Côte-d’Or and perhaps all of Burgundy, but it is even more valuable...

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Matisse Looks to the Masters: A Modern Artist Who Invokes Antiquity

Matisse, The Serf, MOMA San Francisco (images courtesy of MOMA) By Alice Devine Wilson –  At first glance, modern art seems to have little connection to antiquity—as contemporary art, by its definition, departs from the past. However, many modern artists of the twentieth century root their creations in ancient traditions. French Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse and […]

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In the Lap of Luxury: Quality Textiles as Signs of Nobility and Rulership

Nicholas Karcher atelier, Joseph Flees Potiphar’s Wife, 1549, design after Bronzino By Andrea M. Gáldy –  Florence is currently getting ready for an “event of historic magnitude” as it has been called by her mayor Dario Nardella (http://www.theflorentine.net/news/2016/09/medici-tapestries-come-home/). A group of high-renaissance tapestries depicting the Old Testament Story of Joseph (“Prince of Dreams”) and divided between […]

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The Farnese Atlas

By Alice Devine Wilson –  Wander into the enormous Roman sculpture galleries of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and a strapping man carrying the weight of the world on his muscled shoulders may arrest your attention. In his crouched position on bended knee, his arms raised overhead to hold a celestial sphere, the […]

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Alsace’s Dual Crowns: Eguisheim and Riquewihr

                View up Riquewihr’s central street, Rue de General de Gaulle (Photo P. Hunt 2016) By Patrick Hunt –  Those who love the best of Alsace know that although it is now part of France, it has been fought over though history, involuntarily changing nationalities four times in […]

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Burgundy’s Historic Wine Village, Vosne-Romanée

Vosne-Romanée  (Photo P. Hunt, 2015) By Patrick Hunt –  Vosne-Romanée may be known to many connoisseurs as the most exclusive wine village not only in the Côte-d’Or and perhaps all of Burgundy, but it is even more valuable historically as its name preserves its distant past. The Romans were indeed here with their legions planting […]

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Father of Tuscan Archaeology: Winckelmann in Florence

Bronze Chimera of Arezzo, ca 400 BCE, Cosimo I Medici Estate, Archaeological Museum, Florence (photo P. Hunt, 2014)  By Andrea Gáldy –  WINCKELMANN, FIRENZE E GLI ETRUSCHI IL PADRE DELL’ARCHEOLOGIA IN TOSCANA, Archaeological Museum, Florence, 26 May 2016 to 30 January 2017. Catalogue available in Italian and in German: Barbara Arbeid, Stefano Bruni, Mario Iozzo (eds), […]

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Imperium and Genius in the Pantheon of Rome

By Patrick Hunt –  Almost any informed list of the most famous historic buildings of the world will include the Pantheon of Rome. Its longevity since the mid-second century is important but not the most important reason why; its grandeur and size are staggering, even more so when one one enters its vast interior dome. […]

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Good Manners : Mannerism in Florence

Pontormo, Venus and Amor, 1533 By Andrea M. Gáldy – Maniera. Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence, 24 Feb to 5 June 2016 at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main curated by Bastian Eclercy, the department of Italian, French and Spanish paintings before 1800. Catalogue available in English and German: Bastian Eclercy, ed. Maniera. Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici […]

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Mandalay’s Royal Palace Reconstructed: Lessons in Historic Preservation

Mandalay’s Golden Palace  (Image courtesy of Oway Agency, Myanmar) By Catherine Clover –  On a recent trip to Myanmar (Burma) I made a stop in the crossroads city of Mandalay. Linking the route from the south of the country in Yangon to the states of the north, in modern times the city has acted primarily […]

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Sleeping Beauties – Is there a Future for University Collections?

By Andrea M. Gáldy –  Imagine a present-day student being so happy with the education she or he received from the alma mater that the thank you note includes a huge drinking vessel in the form of a ship and made from gilded silver. Perhaps a little over-the-top but then those were different times and […]

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