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Albrecht Dürer is perhaps best known for revitalising printing techniques during the German Renaissance. In this engraving of St Jerome in his study, the artist has created an illusion of light, space and texture that is more like a Renaissance painting than a traditional print. It was a particularly popular piece – Dürer’s diary from the early 1520s states that he sold or gave away more impressions of this than any other work.
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This monumental 3.5-metre-tall print is one of the largest ever made! It was produced by German Renaissance master Albrecht Dürer. ‘The Triumphal Arch’ is made up of 36 sheets and was made with 195 individual woodblocks. Commissioned by Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I, it was originally intended to be hand coloured and used as a wall decoration – the details show the emperor’s family tree and scenes from his life. Creating such a huge print required a lot of help, and Dürer worked with his pupils to complete the design in 1515.
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Albrecht Dürer made this print of a ‘fast, lively and cunning’ rhino without ever seeing one!
A rhinoceros arrived in Portugal in 1515 aboard a ship from India and caused a sensation in Europe. Dürer produced this print from a description, and perhaps a sketch, which explains why the rhino has armour plates and large scales. Despite this, it’s one of the most famous depictions of the animal.
The German Renaissance artist was born #onthisday in 1471.
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This bronze head of the Roman emperor Augustus was once part of a larger-than-life size statue that stood in the ancient city of Meroë, now in modern-day Sudan. Made between 27 and 25 BC, the statue was probably broken up by an invading Kushite army in 25 BC, and the head was seized as a trophy. It was excavated lying face down beneath the steps to a shrine – so that worshippers would trample over it, showing their contempt for the Roman empire. History may have been written by the ‘winners’, but there are many alternative stories in the Museum’s collection. You can investigate the history of dissent and protest in our new #IObject exhibition, opening this autumn. Don’t miss our special early bird offer – #IObject full-price adult tickets are just £10 for a limited time! Book via the link in our bio.
Supported by @Citi.
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In 2005, #Banksy installed this ‘cave painting’ in one of our galleries without permission, and without anyone noticing. He gave it a fake identification number and label, and it remained on the wall for three days before the Museum was alerted to the prank via Banksy’s website! 🤦‍♀️
This autumn, we’ve invited Banksy back to the Museum to ‘officially’ hang the hoax piece in our #IObject exhibition highlighting the history of dissent and protest around the world. From ancient Mesopotamia to contemporary US politics – the show demonstrates how questioning authority, registering protest and generally objecting are an integral part of what makes us human.
Supported by @Citi.
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Have we got news for you! We’re pleased to announce our new special exhibition, which will uncover stories of subversion and satire in the Museum’s collection. Broadcaster and historian Ian Hislop has rummaged around to highlight a history of dissent in 100(ish) objects spanning three millennia.
This figure of a factory owner was made for Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead festival in the 1980s. It aims to show that everyone is mortal – underneath the fine clothes and the trappings of success there is merely a skeleton, levelling any differences between the rich and poor. Discover the subversive messages objects can convey in #IObject – find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio.
The Citi exhibition ‘I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent’ opens 6 September 2018.
Supported by @Citi.
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This dynamic scene by Hokusai shows three samurai horsemen galloping along a dyke between rice-fields and marshes. The early morning mist hangs in the air, and Mount Fuji glows red in the rays of the rising sun. This 1832 print was part of his famous series ‘Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji’, and shows the landscape from Sekiya Village to the north of modern-day Tokyo. The Japanese artist produced this series when he was in his seventies – he believed the older he got, the greater his work would become. #Hokusai #Japan #JapaneseArt #art #printmaking #print #MountFuji #Fuji #Tokyo

Here Hokusai depicts a kingfisher – sometimes known as the ‘flying jewel’ in Japanese – diving between irises and dianthuses. Birds and flowers were popular subjects for Hokusai, and the master printmaker rendered them with minute detail. Works like this were often inscribed with poetry – this composition features two lines by 2nd-century Chinese scholar and calligrapher Cai Yong: ‘I look back to see the water generating emerald greens, the rippling current producing pale blues.’ #Hokusai #printmaking #print #WoodblockPrinting #Japan #Japanese #JapaneseArt #art #poem #poetry

Hokusai died #onthisday in 1849. His masterpiece ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’ from 1831 is better known as ‘The Great Wave’🌊 It was part of his print series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ – here Japan’s tallest mountain is dwarfed by a wave that threatens to engulf the boats below. Although now one of the most famous artworks in the world, prints of the Great Wave originally cost the same as two helpings of noodles! 💷🍜🍜
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The ancient royal cemetery at Tanis in northern Egypt revealed remarkable examples of jewellery in the burials of kings. These gold bracelets were made around 940 BC for Prince Nemareth, and are decorated with a figure of the god Horus as a child. Horus was a falcon god, and ‘lord of the sky’ – he’s shown here sitting on a lotus flower, holding a sceptre. Either side are uraei – the rearing cobra symbol associated with ancient Egyptian royalty. This decoration may have been inlaid with red or blue glass.
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This astonishing Egyptian-style jewellery set was made in London in 1884–1885. The tiara, necklace and earrings are made from gold but they aren’t set with gemstones as you might expect, rather with dried beetles from Brazil! The South American weevil Lamprocyphus augustus has an iridescent green wing case, changing colours when viewed from different angles. Matching jewellery sets like this were known as a ‘parure’. #Victorian #jewellery #Egyptian #beetle #gold #necklace #earrings #tiara

This stunning gold cross is a fusion of styles and eras. Each arm features a small enamel inlay from the Middle Byzantine period – around the 10th century AD. The inlay at the top depicts St Mark, the patron saint of barristers and Venice, among other things. The highly ornamented cross was made around the end of the 19th century, and is decorated with a large sapphire in the centre, green gemstones and inlaid enamel. The gold patterns were made using a technique called filigree – tiny beads or threads of gold are built up into intricate patterns. #cross #SaintMark #StMark #SanMarco #jewellery #gold #sapphire #gemstones #enamel #filigree

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