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From our Anthropology collection, this is a toy rattle in the shape of a hedgehog next to a real hedgehog.
© The Field Museum, CSA60191.
Toy rattle in form of hedgehog from Babylonian layers. Hedgehog looking at his toy cousin used as a rattle by a Babylonian child about 550 B.C. Excavated at Kish. A member of the Kish Expedition photographed a terracotta rattle (now Field Museum 156931) next to an actual hedgehog, which is an animal commonly found in the area.
8x10 glass negative
1928 

All of my favorite things, together. I don’t know what I did before Tumblr.

fieldmuseumphotoarchives:

From our Anthropology collection, this is a toy rattle in the shape of a hedgehog next to a real hedgehog.

© The Field Museum, CSA60191.

Toy rattle in form of hedgehog from Babylonian layers. Hedgehog looking at his toy cousin used as a rattle by a Babylonian child about 550 B.C. Excavated at Kish. A member of the Kish Expedition photographed a terracotta rattle (now Field Museum 156931) next to an actual hedgehog, which is an animal commonly found in the area.

8x10 glass negative

1928 

All of my favorite things, together. I don’t know what I did before Tumblr.

martinipistache

besturlonhere:

June 7th, 1942: Edward Hopper completes his best known painting, the seminal Nighthawks. When asked by a Chicago Tribute reporter about the philosophical meaning behind the diner having no clearly visible exits Hopper responded, “Shit. Fuck. I did it again. Goddamnit. Fuck. Not again. I did it again. Shit.” and slammed his hat on his leg.

Listen, I don’t believe for a second that this is true - I can’t find a single source for this story other than Tumblr - but what a great story.

thegetty
thegetty:

St. Alban was Britain’s first Christian martyr. His feast day is June 22.
The St. Albans Psalter, which includes this illumination for its namesake saint, is coming to L.A. for a rare visit this fall. It’s been disbound for conservation, letting us page through it with our eyes, leaf by leaf. The psalter (book of psalms) is paired with monumental stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister, September 20–February 2.
Medieval fans, get ready!
The Martyrdom of Saint Alban in the Saint Albans Psalter, about 1120-30, English. Tempera and gold on parchment. Dombibliothek Hildesheim

thegetty:

St. Alban was Britain’s first Christian martyr. His feast day is June 22.

The St. Albans Psalter, which includes this illumination for its namesake saint, is coming to L.A. for a rare visit this fall. It’s been disbound for conservation, letting us page through it with our eyes, leaf by leaf. The psalter (book of psalms) is paired with monumental stained glass from Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister, September 20–February 2.

Medieval fans, get ready!

The Martyrdom of Saint Alban in the Saint Albans Psalter, about 1120-30, English. Tempera and gold on parchment. Dombibliothek Hildesheim

thegetty
thegetty:

stilllifequickheart:

Louise Moillon
Still Life with Bowl of Curacao Oranges
1634

Louise Moillon stopped painting when she reached her 30s, and did not resume for the last 50 years of her life. No one fully understands why, though a Calvinist husband is implicated. Fruits, beautiful fruits, were her specialty.
This treasure and her cherries are in the collection of the Norton-Simon Museum here in L.A.

Click through for the cherries, which are amazing.

thegetty:

stilllifequickheart:

Louise Moillon

Still Life with Bowl of Curacao Oranges

1634

Louise Moillon stopped painting when she reached her 30s, and did not resume for the last 50 years of her life. No one fully understands why, though a Calvinist husband is implicated. Fruits, beautiful fruits, were her specialty.

This treasure and her cherries are in the collection of the Norton-Simon Museum here in L.A.

Click through for the cherries, which are amazing.

thegoddessofthorns

September 12, 1940: The Lascaux cave paintings are discovered.

The discoverers of the celebrated Paleolithic cave paintings were four teenagers, who had stumbled upon the site while searching for their lost dog. Located in southwestern France, the Lascaux cave system was first studied by and introduced to the public by archaeologist-priest Henri Breuil. It was opened to the public in 1948, but it closed once more in 1963 in order to help preserve the paintings.

Nearly 2,000 illustrations, of animals (stags, bison, cattle), humans, and other, more abstract designs, can be found in the Lascaux caves; these illustrations are some of the oldest examples of any sort of high-quality, complex art, estimated to be anywhere from 13,000 to 25,000 years old. These paintings are divided into several sections, including a “Great Hall of the Bulls”, which contains some of the cave’s most famous pieces - black aurochs, one of them measuring over seventeen feet across. Other sections include a “Chamber of Felines”, and “the Shaft of the Dead Man”. The purpose of these paintings remains obscure - perhaps the caves were regarded as sacred places, where special rites were performed, or maybe our prehistoric ancestors really, really liked painting animals.

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straightgirl:

i love medieval art it’s like

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first there’s a bull just shittin on this guy

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gremlin dude shooting arrows into a mermaids ass ok

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someone fuckin boneless dancing to this hot violin song what

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my favorite one a bunch of amputees beating the shit outta each other with crutches

idk why they call it the dark ages when they’re obviously so fun

And people wonder why I concentrated on medieval art in my art history major.