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  2. 01:13 20th Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from ancientart

    ancientart:

    "They take first a crooked piece of iron, and with it draw out the brain through the nostrils, thus getting rid of a portion, while the skull is cleared of the rest by rinsing with drugs; next they make a cut along the flank with a sharp Ethiopian stone, and take out the whole contents of the abdomen, which they then cleanse, washing it thoroughly with palm wine, and again frequently with an infusion of pounded aromatics…" -Greek historian Herodotus describes the process of mummification in Egypt (trans. Rawlinson).

    Shown here is an extraordinarily well preserved Egyptian mummy at the Louvre. This man lived during the Ptolemaic Period, and his name can be read as either Nenu or Pachery. The body has been sophisticatedly wrapped in strips of linen, and the mummy is covered with a cartonnage. Included here is a mask, an apron across the legs, and a collar over the chest.

    Rigault Patricia from the Louvre provides the below description. This is only a section of the full write-up, you can read the rest here if you wish.

    A body preserved for eternity

    Not everyone in ancient Egypt had access to the funerary practices that ensured eternal life, and many people had to settle for a simple pit in the desert and a few modest offerings. For the more fortunate, preserving body provided an additional guarantee of survival in the afterlife. It offered a new support for the various elements of the living being that were dispersed at the time of death. Although the earliest mummies were little more than bodies wrapped in linen strips dipped in resin, more sophisticated methods soon developed; mummification procedures were highly perfected by the New Kingdom.

    Although the number of mummies increased from this period on, the quality of the work tended to decrease. Nevertheless, mummies from the Greco-Roman period are often remarkable for the highly subtle designs formed by the interwoven linen strips. Depending on the period, a mummy could be covered a clothing, a net of beads, a mask, or a decorated wooden plank or cartonnage. During the Ptolemaic Period, various cartonnage elements were arranged on the mummy before it was placed in the coffin. 

    Courtesy of & currently at the Louvre, France, N 2627. Photos by: Massimo Palmieri (1), Yann Caradec (2 & 3, cropped), and Oleg Ы (4).

     
  3. 10:47 19th Aug 2014

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    “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

    “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

     
  4. “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

    “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

     
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    “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

    “Churches, altarpieces, liturgies, impressiveness of offices: the ancient times practised the culture of cult. Museums, “installations”, exhibitions, art fairs: nowadays we surrendered to the cult of culture. From cult reduced to culture, from sacred effigies of Gods to imitations of the secular art, from artworks to the trash of the avant-gardes, in fifty years we have fallen into “the cultural”: cultural affairs, cultural products, cultural hosts, administrators of cultural organisations, directors of cultural development, and, why not?: “mediators of the nouvelle culture”, “intermediaries of creations”, and also “directors of cultural marketing”… All part of a complex organisation of the life of the intellect, or better to say of the remains of the ancient culture, with its curia, its clergy, its grey eminence, its synods, its conclaves, its counciles, its inspectors to the Creation, its sycophants and its imprecators, its popes and its inquisitors, its guardians of the faith and its merchants of the Temple… ” (via A hint of genuine French pessimism to remind that tourists can easily turn the beauty into a beast | Conceptual Fine Arts)

     
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  7. #paulnewman #joannewoodward #1961 #perfectday (presso Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor)

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  9. 05:54 14th Aug 2014

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    Tags: versailles

    #Versailles, Jean Clair is right!  (presso Château de Versailles)

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  12. 03:19 6th Aug 2014

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  13. 16:44 5th Aug 2014

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    darksilenceinsuburbia:

    Andy Freeberg

    Guardians

    In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.

    1. Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum

    2.Matisse Still Life, Hermitage Museum

    3.Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait, State Tretyakov Gallery

    4. Veronese’s Adoration of the Shepherds, Hermitage Museum

    5. Rublev and Daniil’s The Deesis Tier, State Tretyakov Gallery

    6. Michelangelo’s Moses and the Dying Slave, Pushkin Museum

    7.Malevich’s Self Portrait, Russian State Museum

    8. Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum

    9. Petrov-Vodkin’s Bathing of a Red Horse, State Tretyakov Gallery

    10. Kugach’s Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery

     
  14. #hands #GiuseppePenone #paris  (presso Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain)

    #hands #GiuseppePenone #paris (presso Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain)

     
  15. #Monet #Etretat #Falaise Aval (presso Plage Etretat)

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