© 2017 Jeff Hall, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School


October 21, 2019

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


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 peri...

September 24, 2019

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"


At twilight on January 10, 1910, a young boy beckoned George Reisner to the Menkau...

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"


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

September 12, 2019

c. 28,000 - 25,000 BCE 

from Willendorf, Austria 


approx. 41/4” tall

Naturhistorisches Museum

​Vienna, Austria


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

June 3, 2019

Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird 

Oil on canvas


Art Code: "Say something!"


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...

May 10, 2019

Campbell's Soup Cans
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...

April 8, 2019

LamentationArena Chapel (Capella Scrovegni),

Padua, Italy,

ca. 1305.


6’ 3/4” x 6’ 3/4”

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


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

March 12, 2019

River Crossing


Aluminum and copper wire

103 × 141 inches

© El Anatsui

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


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 b...

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."


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 san...

February 1, 2019

Unknown sculptor

Greece, ca. 190 BCE

Marble, approx. 8’ 1” high

Louvre, Paris.


Art Code: "Say something."


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 c...

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