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We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. — Menander

This Roman herm (a sculpture with a head) depicts the Greek comic playwright Menander, who lived from about 342 to 291 B.C. "Menander wrote perhaps as many as 108 comedies. Of his output only one play, the Dyskolos (The Bad-tempered Man), which won the prize in 316, survives in its entirety; large portions of several other plays exist. Numerous smaller fragments and titles to over 90 plays also survive." (encyclopedia.com)

Beginning in the 500s B.C., Greeks placed herms, pillars surmounted by a head of the god Hermes, at physical boundaries, such as crossroads or even doorways. Such places were sites of ritual and worship where the herms served a magical, protective function. The Romans later adapted the Greek concept of the herm, using it for non-religious, decorative purposes. The heads on Roman herms are often portraits of famous people.

Herm of Menander, 100 - 150, Roman. Marble.
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素敵な解説です。興味が湧きます。古代の叡智に触れる素晴らしい所蔵品です。いつもありがとうございます😉👍🎶
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Copying his teacher Albrecht Dürer, who produced a similar woodcut, Hans Schäufelein set this scene from the life of Christ in contemporary rather than ancient times.

A Gothic chapel forms the backdrop as Christ bids farewell to his mother, the Virgin Mary. Schäufelein concentrated on the figures in the foreground, using a series of hatched and cross-hatched strokes to build up their forms. Patterns of parallel lines give form and texture to the fluid drapery and texture to Christ's and the women's faces. The background, in contrast, is much more loosely rendered, with hurriedly sketched foliage, buildings, and figures.

"Christ Taking Leave of His Mother," 1510, Hans Schäufelein. Pen and brown ink and black chalk. http://ow.ly/O0Ek301g3eU
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Not painted fully but good so far 😊😊😊
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To celebrate the first day of summer enjoy this painting by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, purchased by J. Paul Getty in 1933.

While on the beach at Valencia,Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida rapidly painted a group of pictures including The Wounded Foot. Like the Impressionists before him, Sorolla worked outdoors to capture the momentary effects of light, water, and people in motion. This painting's casual snapshot-like cropping, which cuts off the arm of the child at the left, gives the viewer the same sense of immediacy, as if he or she has accidentally happened upon an impromptu exchange between two children on the sand.

The Wounded Foot, 1909, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida. Oil on canvas. bit.ly/1Ybctj4bit
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No doubt that summer is start ed
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Datable stylistically to about 1470, Portrait of a Young Man is one of a handful of surviving Italian portrait drawings from this early time. Paper had just begun to be widely manufactured in Italy, usually in much smaller sheets, making the large size of this drawing remarkable.

Portrait of a Young Man, Head and Shoulders, Wearing a Cap, about 1470, Attributed to Piero del Pollaiuolo (Italian, about 1443 - 1496). Pen and brown ink over black chalk.
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This is a excellent portrait👏
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In ancient times, mosaics decorated luxurious homes and public buildings across the Roman Empire.

Roman Mosaics Across the Empire is on view at the #GettyVilla through September 12, 2016. The mosaics in this exhibition date from the 2nd through the 6th centuries A.D., and come from far-flung places: Italy, North Africa, Southern France, Turkey, and Syria. Recovered from various archeological contexts, they provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.

Mosaic Fragment with Peacock Facing Left, 5th - 6th century, Roman. Mosaic. Gift of William Wahler.
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It will suggest the greatness of the Roman Empire of wealth. Cobbled and of Roman road, baths, aqueducts. Mosaic sculpture, stadium etc. It is no doubt was superior to modern in terms of order and politics. It is a great work. I am always grateful for your help.
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Rebel and realist, French painter Gustave Courbet was born #onthisday in 1819.

Courbet started painting flower pictures during a stay in western France in 1862. Intending to visit his friend Etienne Baudry for two weeks, he arrived at the garden enthusiast's château in May and remained in the area for 11 months. With his friend's encouragement, Courbet explored flower painting using Baudry's extensive gardens, greenhouses, and library of botanical books. He painted about twenty flower pictures and remarked to a friend, "I am coining money out of flowers."

Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, 1862, Gustave Courbet. Oil on canvas. http://bit.ly/1rgZU8D
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The asymmetrical arrangement of bursting and overripe fruit spills over onto the ledge, some falling prey to insects. Flowers droop under the weight of their extravagant blooms. Van Huysum deftly rendered the translucence of the grapes, the crisp surfaces of the leaves, and the wiry texture of the vines.

Fruit Piece, 1722, Jan van Huysum (Dutch, 1682 - 1749). Oil on panel. bit.ly/1GKAbLAbit
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Open this week: Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau, on view at the Getty Center through Sept. 11.

Théodore Rousseau (1812–1867) was one of the leading figures of French landscape in the mid-19th century. Bringing together more than seventy paintings and drawings, this major international loan exhibition explores the tremendous variety of Rousseau’s work, revealing him to be one of the most exciting, experimental, and unruly artists of his day.

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Théodore Rousseau (1812-1867) was one of the leading figures of French landscape in the mid-nineteenth century. A restless and obsessive artist with a keen eye and a passionate love of nature, he dramatically expanded the vocabulary of landscape expression a generation before the emergence of Impressionism, matching the extraordinary natural diversity of his native country with an extraordinary range of style and technique.
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I love it

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As if in response to a threat, Jupiter, the ruler of the pantheon of Roman gods, turns his muscular body and stands poised to hurl his thunderbolts.

Jupiter, model about 1670, probably cast about 1680 - 1700, After a model attributed to Jean Raon (French, 1630 - 1707). Bronze. http://ow.ly/6KwD301t3WG
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Jupiter; After a model attributed to Jean Raon (French, 1630 - 1707); model about 1670, probably cast about 1680 - 1700; Bronze; 74.3 x 41.1 x 22.1 cm (29 1/4 x 16 3/16 x 8 11/16 in.); 92.SB.106; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
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It is pretty cool master piece of art work 
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The Minotaur, a monster with a bull's head and a human body, was the son of the Cretan queen Pasiphae and a beautiful white bull, for which she developed an irresistible passion. The monstrous Minotaur was imprisoned in a labyrinth, where he devoured human sacrifices. On this East Greek plastic aryballos (vase), however, the Minotaur wears a tunic and necklace and looks quite docile.

Plastic Aryballos, about 580 - 560 B.C., East Greek.
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Jean-François Nollet, a noted scientist who taught physics to the French royal children, designed and assembled this globe, which shows a map of the night skies. He dated the globe 1730 and dedicated it to Louis de Bourbon-Condé, comte de Clermont who was born in France #onthisday in 1709.

Celestial Globe (Globe céleste), 1730, Globe designed and assembled by Jean-Antoine Nollet (French, 1700 - 1770), Map engraved by Nicolas Bailleul le jeune (French, active 1740s) lacquer decoration attributed to the Workshop of Guillaume Martin (French, 1689 - 1749) and Étienne-Simon Martin (French, 1703 - 1770). Printed paper, papier-mâché, poplar, spruce, and alder painted with vernis Martin, bronze. http://ow.ly/TB3q301gxtX #Art #Museum
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What a beautiful piece of functional art 😃
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Best known for his stark portrait of plants, German photographer Karl Blossfeldt was born #onthisday in 1865.

"Blossfeldt had no formal training as a photographer and used homemade cameras that he outfitted with lenses capable of magnifying his subjects up to 30 times their natural size. The use of magnification resulted in images of extreme detail and clarity. With the precision of a botanist, Blossfeldt photographed the natural world for scientific and pedagogical purposes and inadvertently became a modern artist." Excerpt from www.britannica.com

Acanthus mollis, 1928, Karl Blossfeldt. Gelatin silver print. http://bit.ly/1UOHH9Q

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