Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen (1480 - 1562), also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German mercenary and poet who was born in 1480 into the noble family of Berlichingen in modern-day Baden-Württemberg. ⚔️ As a soldier for hire in the early 1500s, he and his rogue crew of rabble-rousers fought on behalf of whichever Bavarian dukes and barons had the biggest beefs and the fattest wallets. 🛡️ In a 1504 siege, a cannonball hit Berlichingen’s sword and its force cut off his right arm. Shortly after his unfortunate encounter he had an iron prosthetic arm made for him. It was equipped with joints at each of the knuckles, allowing for a tighter grip. Berlichingen could use his left hand to maneuver the
'Prince Charming' (1981) outfit worn by Adam Ant — plus other Adam Ant outfits from Victoria and Albert Museum's Theatre and Performance Collection.
Adam Ant was the idiosyncratic front man of the British New Wave band Adam and the Ants. He spearheaded its artistic direction and designed all his own costumes. Now iconic, these costumes are indebted to historical, military and tribal dress.
The one worn in the video for the 'Prince Charming' single is perhaps the most widely known of all.
A 7th Century BC bronze helmet from Crete, Greece, showcasing workmanship that is associated with late medieval European armour some two thousand years later. 🤯😯 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York doesn't know the exact place where it was excavated from, their website assuming Afrati (ancient Arkades) in Crete. It was in the collection of Norbert Schimmel, New York, since at least 1967, and was given as a gift to the Met in 1989. 🙄🤔 The helmet is inscribed above its visor with the name of its owner, Neopolis. It depicts two winged youths on each side who flank and grasp a pair of entwined serpents. They are dressed in short kilts, wear winged sandals and have wings on their backs that appear to
Opening at Kensington Palace this summer is the new exhibition 'Royal Style in the Making' (June 2021-Jan 2022), exploring the intimate relationship between fashion designer and royal client, revealing the process behind the creation of a number of the most important couture commissions in royal history.
On display will be the wedding dress of Diana, Princess of Wales, on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years, in addition to a rare, surviving toile for the 1937 coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; consort of King George VI.
The USA has just returned two looted ancient stone carvings to Thailand, believed to have been stolen from Thailand and smuggled to the US during the Vietnam War. The carvings were originally lintels (support beams) at Nong Hong Sanctuary, which dates back 1,000 years. They feature the Hindu deities Indra and Yama. For decades they have been on display in San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. The museum had disputed investigators' allegations that the artefacts were stolen, and insisted it had long planned to return them. State-funded institutions in Europe and the USA, such as the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, have been under pressure to repatriate looted items, such as the Benin Bronzes and the Parthenon Marbles. The carvings are due to
The dog has spilled the gilded wine flask and has a timeless guilty look on his face - a Ptolemaic floor mosaic from Alexandria, Egypt, c. 200-150 BC. The dimensions of the mosaic are 3,25m x 3,25m.
The Ptolemaic dynasty was a Macedonian Greek royal family, which ruled Egypt in the Hellenistic period following Alexander the Great's conquest of the Near East. Their rule lasted for 275 years, from 305 to 30 BC ending with Cleopatra's death and the country's conquest by the Romans.
The mosaic is now located in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum in Alexandria, Egypt.
The statue of David, completed in 1504 by Michelangelo, encased in bricks at the museum of the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze in Florence, Italy.
The statue was encased during World War II to prevent damage from Allied aerial bombings, as Italy was a major proponent of the Axis powers that caused the war. The Axis consisted of Germany, Italy, Japan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary.
As part of their major 2021 exhibition 'Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser' which focuses on the history and cultural impact of 'Alice in Wonderland', the Victoria and Albert Museum have created the 'Curious Alice' VR experience - a fully immersive, interactive re-imagining of Wonderland.
'Curious Alice' invites audiences to tumble down the rabbit hole and embark on a mind-bending trip into Wonderland through the playful dimension of virtual reality (VR).
'Curious Alice' is now available to download and experience at home through VIVEPORT at a cost of £4. Visitors to the V&A exhibition will be able to experience a shorter version via VR headsets within the gallery.
The models of 'American Gothic' stand next to the painting.
'American Gothic' is a 1930 painting by Grant Wood that is housed in the collection of The Art Institute of Chicago.
The figures were modeled by Wood's sister Nan Wood Graham and their dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby. The woman is dressed in a colonial print apron evoking 20th-century rural Americana while the man is adorned in overalls covered by a suit jacket and carries a pitchfork.
American Gothic is one of the most familiar images of 20th-century American art and has been widely parodied in American popular culture.
4,500-year-old Egyptian decorative sheath dresses made of beads. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has reconstructed two Egyptian beadnet dresses in its collection dating from c. 2,323 - 2,150 BC. According to the museum: “Depictions of women in Egyptian art occasionally feature garments decorated with an overall lozenge pattern. This design is believed to represent beadwork, which was either sewn onto a linen dress or worked into a separate net worn over the linen. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around
The helmet of a German flamethrower during the Great War (1914-1918). The German military were the first modern army to reintroduce the flamethrower as a weapon.
From the WWI Mémorial de Verdun museum.
The Cartoon Museum in London re-opens next Tuesday with the exhibition 'V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask (18 May – 31 October 2021).
'It will chart the rise from graphic novel, to hit film and now global phenomenon as the symbol of protests.
Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd, the central character of the masked and mysterious ‘V’ became an iconic symbol of comics, cinema and the hacker group, Anonymous.
Its cultural impact, spanning nearly 40 years, is explored through 36 original artworks by David Lloyd, displayed alongside rare loans from Warner Brother blockbuster 2005 adaptation and the original mask worn by Hugo Weaving in the movie.'
Clay ground plan of a 5,000 year old Summerian residence in Umma. Note that homes were built around a central unroofed courtyard that let in air and light.
The artefact is currently housed in the vast Ancient Near East collection of the Vorderasiatisches Museum Berlin
You can now download and 3D print 18,000 famous sculptures and artifacts. The world's grand museums—such as the Musée du Louvre and the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York —present sculpture to the masses. An ongoing project by both art lovers and the 3D-printing community, Scan the World has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to acquire scans from museum collections around the world. Included among the thousands of scans are ancient artifacts—such as an Egyptian fish flask, ancient stela with inscriptions, and even the legendary bust of Nefertiti (which can be found at the Neues Museum, Berlin). You will also find works of sculpture stretching from ancient Roman busts to modern abstract creations. Among the famous works you can download and print are
The CORPUS 'reis door de mens' museum in the Netherlands offers a unique journey through the human body by literally going through a giant building shaped like a human body. The tour and exhibition explains how our bodies work, how the different organs relate to each other and what we can do to keep it healthy.