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Archaeologists discover Augustan-era sculptures near Rome *  

archaeology:

Archaeologists say they’ve uncovered an “exceptional” group of sculptures dating to the 1st century BC in a villa in Rome’s suburb of Ciampino.

The sculptures, found in an ancient villa owned by Roman general Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus, a patron of the poet Ovid, tell the myth of Niobe, the proud daughter of Tantalus who lost all her 14 children after boasting to the mother of Apollo and Artemis, Leto, about her fertility.

Niobe, regarded as a classic example of the retribution caused by the sin of pride or hubris, was turned to stone. Excavations at the villa have also revealed a thermal bath area with fragments of artistic mosaics and a swimming pool as long as 20 meters with walls painted blue.

Inside the bath area were found seven sculptures dating to the Augustan age, as well as a complete series of fragments that experts say can be reassembled.

The group tells the story of Niobe, which figured in Ovid’s epic poem of transformation, the Metamorphoses, published in AD 8.

La Repubblica newspaper said Tuesday a team of archaeologists made the valuable discovery last summer.

“Statues of Niobe have been found in the past, but in the case of Ciampino, we have a good part of the group,” of statues, said Elena Calandra, superintendent of archaeological heritage.

According to their reconstruction of the bath area, experts say the statues were carved on all four sides of the swimming pool, which may have been buried by an earthquake in the 2nd century AD.

NB: The photo at the Ansa site is not of one of the new finds.


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industrialist:

FreelandBuck’s Slipstream installation at the Bridge Gallery in New York - a physical structure that confronts that leap directly, translating a 2-dimensional digital line drawing into 3-dimensional space.


  # art    # design    # Industrial Design    # new york    # sculpture  

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*Pubes in Ancient Athens 

wtfarthistory:

You’ve heard of Nipples at the Met so today let me introduce Pubes in Ancient Athens.

Kouros (Aristodikos), found in Mesogeia (Attica), c. 510-500 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensKouros (Aristodikos), found in Mesogeia (Attica), c. 510-500 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Poseidon, found in the Gulf of Livadostra (Boeotia), c. 480 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensPoseidon, found in the Gulf of Livadostra (Boeotia), c. 480 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Zeus/Poseidon, found off Cape Artemision (Euobea), c. 460 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensZeus/Poseidon, found off Cape Artemision (Euobea), c. 460 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Apollo, found in the Theater of Dionysos (Athens), 2nd century A.D. copy of bronze original from c. 460-450 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensApollo, found in the Theater of Dionysos (Athens), 2nd century A.D. copy of bronze original from c. 460-450 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Hermes, found in Troezen, 2nd century A.D. copy of bronze original possibly by Kalamis from c. 460-450 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensHermes, found in Troezen, 2nd century A.D. copy of bronze original possibly by Kalamis from c. 460-450 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Youth Binding his Hair (Diadoumenos), found in the House of Diadoumenos (Delos), 100 B.C. copy of original by Polykleitos from c. 450-425 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensYouth Binding his Hair (Diadoumenos), found in the House of Diadoumenos (Delos), 100 B.C. copy of original by Polykleitos from c. 450-425 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Antikythera Youth, found off the islet of Antikythera, c. 340-330 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensAntikythera Youth, found off the islet of Antikythera, c. 340-330 B.C., bronze.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Possibly Agasias, Fighting Gaul, found in the Agora of the Italians (Delos), c. 100 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensPossibly Agasias, Fighting Gaul, found in the Agora of the Italians (Delos), c. 100 B.C., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Youth Wearing a Chlamys, found in Athens, late 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, AthensYouth Wearing a Chlamys, found in Athens, late 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D., marble.  National Archaeological Museum, Athens

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centuriespast:

 Samvara image in yab-yum (left side)
Tibet, 19th Century
The British Museum

centuriespast:

 Samvara image in yab-yum (left side)

Tibet, 19th Century

The British Museum



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therhumboogie:

Coventry University Degree Show 2012 

By Clare Butler, dealing with simplistic ideas of relaxation and the recreational relationship between relaxing in a piece of furniture and therapeutic growth of plants. Taking a light-hearted view on a work of art, just aiming to make something beautiful and simple.


  # art    # sculpture    # nature    # coventry university degree show  

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nypl:

A second Caturday, because you can never have enough cats (and because sometimes birds need a shout-out, too).

nypl:

A second Caturday, because you can never have enough cats (and because sometimes birds need a shout-out, too).


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supersonicelectronic:

Broken glass installation by Baptiste Debombourg.


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therhumboogie:

By Adrián Villar Rojas, a most fascinating environmental sculpture, a to scale blue whale situated in Ushuaia, Ukraine. The subtle addition of the tree stumps to make it look like it is already being assimilated by nature, brilliant touch.


  # Art    # sculpture  

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omgthatartifact:

Artemis
Roman, 4th century AD
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

omgthatartifact:

Artemis

Roman, 4th century AD

Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden


  # Roman    # ancient    # art    # sculpture  

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cavetocanvas:

Dying Gaul (Dying Trumpeter) Marble, c.. 220 BCE. Roman copy of Greek bronze original.
Things to think about when studying:
What artistic period is this from?
Which elements of the sculpture are indicative of that period?
This sculpture was super popular - how did people demonstrate how much they liked it?

cavetocanvas:

Dying Gaul (Dying Trumpeter) Marble, c.. 220 BCE. Roman copy of Greek bronze original.

Things to think about when studying:

  • What artistic period is this from?
  • Which elements of the sculpture are indicative of that period?
  • This sculpture was super popular - how did people demonstrate how much they liked it?

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diagnosednostalgia:

Raffaele Monti (1818- 1881)
Circassian Slave, c. 1851

diagnosednostalgia:

Raffaele Monti (1818- 1881)

Circassian Slave, c. 1851


  # art history    # raffaele monti    # sculpture    # statue    # art    # slave    # 19th century    # veiled woman    # veil  

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theancientworld:

Marble head of a young woman wearing a taenia (headband), Ancient Rome, c 200 CE
The British Museum

theancientworld:

Marble head of a young woman wearing a taenia (headband), Ancient Rome, c 200 CE

The British Museum


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diagnosednostalgia:

Death, statue in the Episcopal Palace Garden / Garden of St. John the Baptist, Portugal
Commissioned by Bishop John de Mendonca, 18th Century

This is cool.

diagnosednostalgia:

Death, statue in the Episcopal Palace Garden / Garden of St. John the Baptist, Portugal

Commissioned by Bishop John de Mendonca, 18th Century

This is cool.


  # art history    # 18th century    # art    # death    # episcopal palace garden    # garden statue    # sculpture    # statue    # skeleton