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The Soap Opera of the Rich and Famous (In Great Britain, Two Centuries Ago)

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

With Independence Day and Brexit fresh on our minds, I want to talk in detail about one of the books I mentioned last week. Mistress of the Elgin Marb...

Three Books, Three Ladies On My Nightstand

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.02.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

For some mysterious reason, three dramatically different books ended up on my nightstand -- three books written by three authors, all of them women. O...

Big Oil Funding Museums Is Starting To Backfire Spectacularly

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 05.19.2016 | Green

Greenpeace activists shut down the British Museum for four hours Thursday when they scaled the building’s columns to protest an exhibition sponsored...

Don't Miss China's #4 Masterpiece Site

Sharon Hoge | Posted 04.26.2017 | Travel
Sharon Hoge

A Treasure of "1000 Buddha" Caves in the Gobi Desert Beijing's Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors are routine destinations for ...

British Museum Urged To Sever Ties With BP

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.04.2016 | Arts

Nearly 100 people have urged the museum's new director, Hartwig Fischer, to drop BP as a sponsor. A five-year partnership has brought millions to the ...

How Many of the World's Art Masterpieces Have You Seen?

MutualArt | Posted 12.31.2016 | Arts

As we turn to 2016, we resolve to do more traveling, with an eye to experiencing the most spectacular, awe-inspiring artworks on the planet.

Can You Solve The Mystery Of This Medieval Sword?

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 08.10.2015 | Science

The British Library is calling on the public to help solve a mystery nearly 800 years in the making: Just what is written on this sword? The double-ed...

School Spring Break in London with Kids

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

Spring break in America is one week but here in my kids' school in Scotland, they're off for 18 whole days. In the middle of the school year! After getting over the initial culture shock, I realized the only way to survive the long interruption in the school year is to figure out an escape.

"The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," an Unprecedented Exhibition in North America

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 02.08.2015 | Arts
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

Five thousand years of history will be on display as a result of the exhibition, "The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," which will be inaugurated on December 12th at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History in Montreal.

He For She Throughout History

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Many historical women whose accomplishments we are aware of today had to battle society's perceptions of women's proper place. Some women were fortunate enough to have the support of a man in their endeavors -- the "He for She" paradigm Emma Watson recently spoke of at the U.N.

Tattooed Mummy Found With Angelic Ink

Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

A 1,300-year-old mummy found in Sudan was hiding an angelic secret, which has now been revealed by CT scans done by researchers at the British Museum,...

How Mobile Technology is Accelerating Online Art Growth

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts
Stephen Tanenbaum

The industry now features over 300 art e-commerce platforms, with 71 percent of all art collectors having purchased a piece online at some point.

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

Sex And Pleasure In Traditional Japanese Art (NSFW)

Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts

One of the most unabashedly erotic images to ever grace the pages of an art history book came from the woodblock of iconic Japanese artist Katsushika ...

The Parthenon Marbles: A Piece of History Still Orphaned

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

The Acropolis Museum, founded on the passion and spirit of Melina Mercouri, the renowned Greek actress and Minister of Culture, patiently awaits the return of the Parthenon Marbles to their rightful resting place.

Why the Cyrus Cylinder Matters

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

The story of the Cyrus Cylinder travelling the world and being interpreted through a certain point of view by powerful white men is very much a continuation of the fundamentally colonialist and paternalistic nature of Near Eastern archaeology.

Erotic Statue Is Historic -- But For Kids At A Museum?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

An ancient statue of Pan having sex with a nanny goat has brought up an age-old problem: How do you present an erotic work of art to the public? Th...

Arts News Roundup Has The World's Oldest Artwork, Slamdance Prizes And More

Posted 01.25.2013 | Arts

Ever wonder what art was like in the Ice Age? A new exhibit at London's British Museum features a collection of the world's oldest known sculptures, d...

1650s Ad Touts 'The Vertue Of The Coffee Drink'

Posted 07.17.2012 | Home

Here's an old coffee ad that's really vintage. This pamphlet -- on display at the British Museum in London -- dates to the 1650s. Boing Boing broug...

An Intimate Art Exhibition for Father's Day

Jeanine Barone | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Jeanine Barone

Max depicts his dad, a native New Yorker who would have turned 100 this year, in many iconic New York City sites. Each of the paintings in the exhibition convey intimacy, where his father -- often alone in the scene -- exudes a sense of isolation.

Rare Statue Of Female Gladiator Found

Posted 04.20.2012 | Arts

A new study suggests that a rare statue of a gladiator is housed in a German museum. The catch: the warrior may be a woman. In the Internatio...

The Hajj Comes to London, Advancing Cultural Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.27.2012 | Arts
Philip Seib

The arts can push politics aside and allow the true spirit of a people to emerge and be viewed by the rest of the world.

The Hajj Is One Journey We All Need to Understand

Christina Patterson | Posted 04.07.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

You don't have to go round it seven times, but you almost feel you should. You almost feel, when you go into what used to be the reading room at the British Museum and hear the wailing of a human voice that millions hear as a call to prayer, as if you should swap your jeans for a tunic.

Thank You for Stealing Saddam's Buttock

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News
Shirin Sadeghi

Those stories you hear about the foreign troops who pillaged and pilfered Iraq, the seat of ancient Mesopotamia -- those stories don't do justice to what we have learned from the tale of Nigel Ely. He's taught us things that only Saddam's buttock could have imparted.

Is Middle Eastern Art 500 Years Behind The West?

ARTINFO | Posted 03.14.2012 | Arts

"The purpose of that subversion is to hold people's throats intellectually, and get them to think: why are we so far behind the rest of the world?"