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Yoga is the Sanskrit word for “union”. It’s also a handy metaphor for the 2,000 digital images and 70 online exhibits from cultural organizations across #India  that we’ve brought together for the first time on the +Google Cultural Institute today. From ancient artifacts to centuries-old arts and crafts and more contemporary yoga exhibits, join us on a discovery tour of this fascinating cultural feast: g.co/culturalinstitute

As in yoga practice, let’s begin in a comfortable sitting pose in the legendary Palace on Wheels in the +Heritage Transport Museum, Gurgaon. Rivaling Europe’s Orient Express, its splendid 1930s royal carriage, called the Jodphur Saloon, carried Indian royalty across Rajasthan. Thanks to 360 degree #StreetView indoor imagery, you can step inside and move around to explore the luxuriously decorated cabins here: https://goo.gl/pIIcP5

Next stop...the National Museum, New Delhi

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Can you guess what this pair of objects was used for?

HINT: although each piece is just over 11 cm (4.6 inches) in diameter, and 8 cm (3.1 inches) high, it's made of solid bronze, and quite heavy.

P.S. The answer will be posted tomorrow!

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Happy Birthday to innovative Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte, born #onthisday  in 1848. Zoom into 14 famous and lesser known masterpieces by the painter. Follow this link: https://goo.gl/csJOax  
to see works from the +Museum of Fine Arts, Boston +Musée d'Orsay +NGV Melbourne and other great collections.
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Today, +TheGRAMMYMuseum  #LALive  joins the #GoogleCulturalInstitute‬ to make available to students, schools, and music fans a selection of its treasured artifacts and stories: https://goo.gl/htYeqs

Discover how and why +The GRAMMYs, the world's most famous music award, changed four times over the past 57 years. Follow this link to the new online exhibit The History of the GRAMMY Award https://goo.gl/jXtX3E  The award's designer John "The Grammy Man" Billings reveals his alterations to the miniature gramophone. And, take a closer look at the awards of R&B legend #BarryWhite  here: https://goo.gl/jXtX3E

To celebrate, we've launched a special music-themed edition of the our home page here: g.co/culturalinstitute
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100 years ago a new type of picture making emerged which rejected pretty and polite works of American Impressionists. The Ashcan School became the country's first urban-based art movement. The painter and illustrator George Luks embodied the group's mantra  "Art for life's sake," rather than "art for art's sake."  

Born on August 13, 1867, Luks was one of the founders of the Ashcan movement alongside Robert Henri, John Sloan, Everett Shinn, and Maurice Prendergast. He focused on representing authentic, everyday scenes and people living in New York City's tough neighborhoods and slums. He spent much of the 1920s and early 30s immortalizing workers, street performers, and children he knew at first hand. such as this painting of a coal miner. Click through on his painting called The Miner in the collection of +The National Gallery to take a closer look at the man's face and hands, captured with remarkable brushwork and color.  Or follow this link: https://goo.gl/qpTZKe

Sadly, Luks' own hard-living ways caught up with him. One morning in 1933, the police discovered him dead in the doorway of a building after a bar fight sometime the previous night.

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An inspiring image for the weekend: Homage to Nina Simone by African-American artist Bob Thompson. Thompson's canvas dates to 1965, the same year Nina Simone released her album Pastel Blues. Could Nina be the blue figure at the center of the composition? Follow the link to see this work from the collection of the #MinneapolisInstituteofArt  in high-res: https://goo.gl/9bRmAf 

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A year before his death at age twenty-eight, the African-American artist Bob Thompson painted this tribute to the jazz musician Nina Simone. The brightly colored silhouettes bounded by sinuous contours recall the work of the early 20th-century French painter Henri Matisse. Like Matisse, Thompson created idyllic landscapes containing relaxed nude figures. Here, the simplified interrelated forms suggest the rhythms and energy of Simone's music. Wh...
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Can you guess what this elaborately carved wooden object is? 
HINT: It has a small hole at the narrow end of the long tube.

P.S. The answer will be posted tomorrow!
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Door pull, paperweight, anchor, medieval bra or other torture devices, and even 200 year-old spaghetti plates?  These small bronze objects are a pair of mat weights used to keep the corners of a flexible floor mats flat, and prevent tripping.  In Chinese, the bronze weights are called tong zhen (铜镇), and although small, they're heavy. The rings would have made them easy to move.

Click through on the image below or follow this link: https://goo.gl/CcaEud  Using the zoom viewer check out the small holes in between the mass of writhing dragon bodies. These once held small precious stones such as turquoise and agate.  Originally, the combination of the warm bronze metal and colorful stones would have shone brightly brightly against the silk mats. 

This pair were excavated by Chinese archaeologists from the royal tomb of the aristocrat Marquis Yi who died in 433 BC. His lavish tomb was discovered in Hubei Province, China. Considering the objects' great age of at least 2,400 years, the bronze has survived very well. 
These are just one of many incredible artifacts unearthed from his tomb. Discover more about the Marquis's furnishings including his magnificent lacquer coffins, preserved in the #HubeiProvincialMuseum  

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Ancient Chinese used to sit on mats. To keep mats in place, heavy artefacts called Zhen were put on the four corners of the mat. Near the main coffin of the Zeng Hou Yi Mausoleum, four hemispheric bronze Zhen were unearthed. They are hollowed and its top is decorated with a dragon-shaped knob hooked with a ring. Eight dragons intertwin and fourteen small rings are cast onto each Zhen.
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Today, it's possible to explore the extraordinary art, history and cultural treasures of #Pakistan on the +Google Cultural Institute's new  *Wonders of Pakistan* experience here: g.co/pakistanculture  

Wonders of Pakistan features 400+ artworks and artifacts, Street View special collections, and 12 online exhibits from these new partners: Lahore Museum, Walled City of Lahore Authority, Fakir Khana Museum, Mohatta Palace Museum, AAN Collection and Heritage Foundation, Pakistan.

Highlights include the #LahoreMuseum 's famous Fasting Buddha  (ca.1st century CE), one of the world’s most delicate and prized Buddhist sculptures. Check out the museums' exhibit here: https://goo.gl/1nxtJq  

Fast forward nearly 2,000 years, and you can explore Pakistan’s heritage sites such as #LahoreFort in 360 degrees here: https://goo.gl/rKCXM7  The imagery captures the many contrasting landscapes of Pakistan today, and provides a historic snapshot for ongoing cultural preservation.  g.co/pakistanculture  

#Pakistan   #Lahore   #LahoreFort   #WCLAuthority   #MohattaPalaceMuseum   #heritage   #history   #mughal   #architecture   #Gandhara  
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Woodstock was a watershed event in the Counterculture movement of the 1960s. On this day in 1969, the three-day music and arts festival, held on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York, closed with a performance by Jimi Hendrix. In the middle of his two hour set, Hendrix performed a psychedelic guitar interpretation of the US national anthem, creating a legendary moment in Rock Music history. Follow this link to zoom into Yasgur's farm during the festival just three months later: https://goo.gl/sibYJH

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Zoom into the details of Millais' painting in the +Getty Museum's gorgeous high-res image on the  here: https://goo.gl/XcFwyp
 
John Everett Millais died #onthisday in 1896. From a young age, he showed a prodigious natural talent for drawing, and his parents groomed him to become an artist. He entered the Royal Academy at age eleven--the youngest student ever to be admitted. With his fellow student Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others, Millais formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of artists dissatisfied with the state of British art. In this painting the subject matter and technique are typical of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. 

The Ransom, 1860 - 1862, John Everett Millais. Oil on canvas. 
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The guesses for this week's "what is it?" are almost as curious as the object itself!  The answer may surprise you. It's a kōrere -- a ritual funnel -- for feeding #Maori  men of high rank after they've undergone the customary Tā moko practice of mouth marking. The practice, which involves chiseling the skin and applying ink, causes the lips to swell initially, making it difficult to eat normally. The kōrere is used to feed the men pureed food. Learn more about this and other intriguing Maori ritual objects from +Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa collection here:  goo.gl/t1LSCP
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The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and some of the world’s most acclaimed and diverse art institutions. 
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