Archive for February 2019

Whiteness, Sculpture, Historical Inaccuracy, and Colonialism

From the renowned, two-millennia-old Greek sculpture Venus de Milo, to the Roman reconstruction of the Apollo Belvedere, to today’s faux recreations and popular busts that litter tacky American hotels; the modern conception of sculpture from Greek and Roman antiquity has always been blanketed in a glimmering, marble white.  Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there are […]

King Tut’s tomb: 10 years of conservation

After a decade, extensive conservation and preservation efforts have wrapped up at King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The project gets the major tourist destination ready just ahead of the 100th anniversary of when British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s final resting place in 1922. In the decades that followed Carter’s historic discovery, hundreds of thousands […]

‘Most convincing’ thumbprint by Leonardo da Vinci will be on exhibit this year

An artwork becomes an extension of an artist and experiencing a work in person can feel as though you’re in their company even if the artist has been dead for centuries. Examining the brushstrokes laid out by an artist or seeing the materials brought together to create a work allows for a connection between viewer, […]

British Museum to assist with renovations of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum

As part of a €3.1 million plan, London’s British Museum is participating in a massive transformation and renovation of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in Cairo. The ambitious overhaul will focus on areas like collection management, communications, and engagement. The project has been dubbed Transforming the Egyptian Museum of Cairo and has received backing […]

Black 3.0, like Vantablack but available to all artists – unless you’re Anish Kapoor

Back in 2016, Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor sparked controversy amongst artists when he acquired exclusive rights to the blackest of black pigments known as Vantablack. The material was developed by Surrey NanoSystems, a UK firm, with military purposes in mind but the incredible paint intrigued artists, as well. Prior to obtaining the rights to […]

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun portrait triples the auction record for any female Old Master

Once overlooked, female old masters are now taking center stage with numerous high-profile and record-breaking sales paving the way. The latest of which is a 1788 work by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun which sold for $7.18 million at Sotheby’s Old Masters sale last week and became the most expensive painting by a pre-modern era female […]

A Chicago museum’s unique way to highlight the gender pay gap

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW) the median women’s pay is 80% of that of their male counterparts – in other words, for every dollar that men earn, women, by and large only earn $0.81. The gender pay gap widens for women of colour and of different nationalities (particularly Latina women). The […]