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October 21, 2019

Greece
ca. 530 BCE
Marble
approx. 6’ 4” high. 
National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Synopsis

A kouros (Ancient Greek: κοῦρος, pronounced [kûːros], plural kouroi) is the modern term[1] given to free-standing ancient Greek sculptures that first appear in the Archaic period in Greece and represen...

September 24, 2019

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
2490–2472 B.C.
Greywacke, with traces of red and black paint
Height: 54 1/2"
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Art Code: "Stay Curious"

Synopsis

At twilight on January 10, 1910, a young boy beckoned George Reisner to the Menkaura Valley Temple. There,...

September 16, 2019

Hall of Bulls

ca. 15,000 BCE
Lascaux, Dordogne, France
Paint on limestone
Largest bull approx. 12' long.

Art Code: "Be Curious"

Synopsis

Lascaux Cave is a Palaeolithic cave situated in southwestern France, near the village of Montignac in the Dordogne region, which houses some of the most famous e...

September 12, 2019

c. 28,000 - 25,000 BCE 

from Willendorf, Austria 

Limestone 

approx. 41/4” tall

Naturhistorisches Museum

​Vienna, Austria

Synopsis

(NOTE: This sculpture was originally the "Venus" of Willendorf and you will still see that title used frequently. The term, "Venus," the Roman goddess of love, refers gen...

June 3, 2019

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird 

Oil on canvas

1940

Art Code: "Say something!"

Synopsis

Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-por...

May 10, 2019

Campbell's Soup Cans
1962
Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases
Each canvas 20 x 16" (50.8 x 40.6 cm).
Overall installation with 3" between each panel is 97" high x 163" wide
Museum of Modern Art, New York (incl. link to brief but helpful audio)

Art Code: "Only appropriate when it's ap...

April 8, 2019

LamentationArena Chapel (Capella Scrovegni),

Padua, Italy,

ca. 1305.

Fresco,

6’ 3/4” x 6’ 3/4”

Art Code: "All who wander are not lost."

Synopsis

In his Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, Giorgio Vasari described Giotto as making a decisive break with the prevalent By...

March 12, 2019

River Crossing

2007

Aluminum and copper wire

103 × 141 inches

© El Anatsui

Art Code: "Create as much as you consume."

Synopsis

El Anatsui was born in Anyanko, Ghana in 1944. Many of Anatsui’s sculptures are mutable in form, conceived to be so free and flexible that they can be shaped in any way and a...

March 1, 2019

Mosaic from the north wall of the apse, Church of San VitaleRavenna, Italy, ca. 547
 

Art Code: "There is value in the work."

Synopsis

One of the most famous images of political authority from the Middle Ages is the mosaic of the Emperor Justinian and his court in the sanctuary of the church of S...

February 1, 2019

Unknown sculptor

Greece, ca. 190 BCE

Marble, approx. 8’ 1” high

Louvre, Paris.

 

Art Code: "Say something."

Synopsis

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace,[2] is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory), that was created about the 2nd cent...

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