I love the Walters.
It is the best secret museum in the Mid-Atlantic,
though it’s not really secret
There I find the curator (not worrier) in myself,
an artful being who will pose for off-kilter photographs like this:
The best part of the Walters in my eyes
is the inclusion of women
and persons of color
in each capsule, collection, and exhibit.
There’s always Shakespearean collection, and Othello pops up,
Madonna and Child are represented in Iconic Russian, Ethiopian, Byzantine media…
it’s really beautiful.
When you are submerged in school books,
the best way to understand the concepts is to
LOOK AT THE PICTURES!
And in my
History of Art: the Ancient World
My new favorite
And her nameplate,
like a Tiffany’s bracelet for Ancient Egyptian trendsetters.
Nefertiti’s claim to fame is not her relation to King Tutankhamen,
who might be her son
as well as her son-in-law;
rather, it is her beauty,
and political skill,
and this statue is a
very superb argument
in the Amarna Age.
Tibnan (pictured) was a wealthy Syrian woman in the 2nd century, CE.
This funerary relief resides in the Lourve.
Included in blog because she has the greatest,
“Not happy, Joe Rome, not happy at all,” look,
one I would very much like to apply
to my daily life.
“You can do better,” she says, though she’s
been dead nearly
“You just didn’t do me justice,
obviously, I am a woman
of great beauty and anger,
and I have a decapitated kid on my arm.
Your fault, Rome.
It is true,
I must include a saint.
This oil painting of Mary Magdalene
shows a don’t-mess-with-me expression that I admire.
It’s a dissatisfied,
quantified as a bitchface,
it’s a look older than perspective itself.
Mary Magdalene was redeemed
by her own guilt,
dolor hic tibi proderit olim,
and now she’s
one o’ the greatest honors:
she’s depicted as a redhead in religious imagery!
I know what you may say,
MM was a prostitute, so obviously
red hair is sinful—
symbolism and whatnot.
But if it’s true,
why is the Blessed Virgin Mary
also depicted as a ginger?
Obviously not immoral,