Met Exhibition Brings Back the Color to Ancient Sculptures

In Ancient Greece in 530 BCE, visitors to the grave of a young boy and girl would have gazed toward the sky and seen a brightly painted sphinx perched atop the 13-foot marble stele that marked the children’s final resting place. The stele and sphinx, on display as part of the collection of the Metropolitan … Read more

Ancient Arms and Armor Turned Into NFTs at Explorers Club NYC Event – ARTnews.com

If you wanted the chance to wield a medieval sword in person, you might have missed your shot; However, there’s still an opportunity to experience these objects in augmented reality (AR) and to purchase them as NFTs. As part of this week’s NFT.NYC conference, the world’s largest private collection of ancient arms and armor was … Read more

“Pompeii in Color” Offers a Fresh View of Gender in Ancient Rome – ARTnews.com

In the past decade alone, a bewildering assortment of institutions in the United States has hosted blockbuster exhibitions about Pompeii, the ancient Roman town buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE. These have included the California Science Center (2015), the Kansas City Union Station (2016), and even the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library … Read more

Ancient Shipwreck Looted in Mediterranean—and More Art News – ARTnews.com

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. The Headlines POLICE BLOTTER. An art dealer in Oak Bay, British Columbia, has been arrested for allegedly taking artworks on consignment or for appraisal, selling some, and notifying the owners, CBC News reports. The dealer may face fraud … Read more

Ancient Altar of Holy Sepulchre Church Found, Graffitied Over for Years

One of the largest medieval altars on record was recently rediscovered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem — a holy Christian site where Jesus was crucified and believed to have been buried. Beyond its distinguishing size, larger than any other of its kind dating from medieval Rome, the altar plaque is one … Read more

Why We Must Challenge the Typical Museum Narrative Regarding Ancient Egypt

Given the growing awareness of the museum field’s foundation in White colonial power, museums are now taking action, rallying around the word “decolonize” to expand community partnerships and remove sculptures that celebrate White domination, while reanalyzing their own past and present collection practices. At least outwardly, we have seen a movement toward using more inclusive … Read more

Antiquities Expert Calls on Getty Museum to Repatriate Ancient Artwork

Unknown, “Fresco Fragment: Woman on a Balcony” (10 BCE–CE 14), fresco, 23 5/8 x 17 13/16 x 1 3/16 inches, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California , Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (via J. Paul Getty Museum) Over the past two decades, Dr. Christos Tsirogiannis has identified upwards of 1,500 looted … Read more

From Ancient Egypt to Teotihuacán, Centuries-Old Palettes Illuminate the Role of the Painter

For all the paint fragments found throughout the ancient world, on murals, pottery, sculpture, and scrolls, surprisingly few ancient paint palettes have been uncovered. Ancient palettes in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris — among other institutions — number in … Read more