notbecauseofvictories:

anightvaleintern:

pissyeti:

giraffepoliceforce:

"You can’t just change the race of cultural icons like Captain America! It’s an important part of their identity and message!"

Jesus: Ah yes.

Jesus: Can’t imagine who would do that.

Jesus: What a shame.

fun fact Jesus Christ was changed to be overall more “white” looking in the 1500s as part of a media campaign by Alexander VI, also known as Rodrigo Borgia. as a Spaniard and foreigners to Italy looking to gain power and prestige (and also vying for a spot as the Pope,) Rodrigo often commissioned art of Jesus Christ to look remarkably like his son, Cesare Borgia. a lot of scholars felt that Rodrigo thought it would make his son more popular and more acceptable to the Italian population (Cesare was a warlord so this was a pretty vital step) so the curlywavy white Jesus with the artfully trimmed beard is actually a phenomenon that can be traced to a very specific and very political motive. so white!jesus has nothing to do with jesus being white in the time that he lived, it was part of the Borgia propaganda machine.

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sup Cesare.

Having played Assassin’s Creed makes this five times more infuriating.

….except that is really not at all what happened

let me take you on a tour of white jesus prior to the Borgia ascension in the 1490s.

(standard caveat applies that race is differently constructed in the middle ages and so I am using “white” as a modern placeholder that will make sense to my audience not a category which would necessarily exist in the context of medieval Europe or Renaissance Italy.)

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Petra, Jordan.An ancient city famous for its rock-carved architecture and water-conduit system. May have been built up to 2,300 years ago.

Petra, Jordan.

An ancient city famous for its rock-carved architecture and water-conduit system. May have been built up to 2,300 years ago.

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#art  #history  

medievalpoc:

la-negra-barbuda:

The fun part about working with museums is that the institutional racism is so thick you can cut it with a knife. These two pictures are of database index trees that are created to help people search for art or artifacts. Notice the categories under “African Art” in the first picture… Yup, all it says is African Art… again. What you can’t see is that there are 7 categories under Asian Art. It took me 2 weeks to get them to change it to regions in the second picture. So now, if you search for West African, you won’t get stuff from Kenya and Egypt too.

African cultural items are often poorly managed, poorly catalogued, poorly maintained, and when on display, poorly mounted. They aren’t the priority of most museum spaces and there isn’t as much available literature on the items as there is for Greco-Roman crap: that’s some old colonial bullshit.

However, I still stand by the idea that they shouldn’t even have these cultural items in their possession, but until that day comes, they’re going to learn how to respect them.

I probably need to start a museum displays tag….because while we’re seeing great strides in some directions, it’s because of people who are actively trying to fight the existing problems in the way information is presented to us….

definitelydope:

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By Jorge Roa

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#art  #fashion  

nubbsgalore:

self portratis by paul zizka in banff national park (see also: victor liu and previous posts of the aurora and milky way)

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#living the dream  #art  

devidsketchbook:

CEMENT ECLIPSES @ CHIAPAS MEXICO

Artist Isaac Cordal (tumblr / facebook) - “With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being”.

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#art  

meedean:

Whenever people adapt ancient Greek myths into designs and costumes, they always seem to do the wrong era!

Greek myths aren’t set in the Hellenistic period, and it wouldn’t make sense for them to be. Most ancient Greek gods/myths originated in the Minoan/Mycenaean eras.

Pay attention in your art history class!

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victoriousvocabulary:

BÊTE NOIRE
[noun]
1. French: literally, “black beast”.
2. something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear; something to be avoided.
3. a detested person.
[Nicolas Delort]

victoriousvocabulary:

BÊTE NOIRE

[noun]

1. French: literally, “black beast”.

2. something especially hated or dreaded; a bugbear; something to be avoided.

3. a detested person.

[Nicolas Delort]

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dead-men-talking:

polarbear1986:

missfolly:

Sculpture of Akhenaten, Aton temple, Karnak 

I LOVED when we talked about this in my art history class.  Akhenaten was the pharaoh that attempted to convert Egypt to a monotheistic society.  It was an epic fail because after he died all the cults of deities came out of hiding and everything returned to the way it was for the most part.  
Another interesting thing we talked about was the typically feminine way in which he is usually depicted.  I don’t think my professor gave it much credence, but we talked about the possibility of him having been transgender or a cross-dresser.  Which makes me wonder if they’ve ever found his mummy…
Anyway, I think the arguments for Marfan’s or Froelich’s Syndrome are more likely, but I think the argument for intentionally represented androgyny related to the worship of Aten is more realistic. 

He did not have either disorder because they make you sterile and he had several daughters.  Also they did DNA tests on his body (KV55) that came out negative (Hawass 2010).  A more likely explanation is gynecomastia, which gives guys boobs and therefore only can be identified with soft tissue.  Maybe it was such a condition that led to his religious revival as the androgynous Aten?  Several other royal figures were represented like this too (but they could just be trying to associate themselves with the king).  
Ancient Egypt is srs bzns.

dead-men-talking:

polarbear1986:

missfolly:

Sculpture of Akhenaten, Aton temple, Karnak 

I LOVED when we talked about this in my art history class.  Akhenaten was the pharaoh that attempted to convert Egypt to a monotheistic society.  It was an epic fail because after he died all the cults of deities came out of hiding and everything returned to the way it was for the most part.  

Another interesting thing we talked about was the typically feminine way in which he is usually depicted.  I don’t think my professor gave it much credence, but we talked about the possibility of him having been transgender or a cross-dresser.  Which makes me wonder if they’ve ever found his mummy…

Anyway, I think the arguments for Marfan’s or Froelich’s Syndrome are more likely, but I think the argument for intentionally represented androgyny related to the worship of Aten is more realistic. 

He did not have either disorder because they make you sterile and he had several daughters.  Also they did DNA tests on his body (KV55) that came out negative (Hawass 2010).  A more likely explanation is gynecomastia, which gives guys boobs and therefore only can be identified with soft tissue.  Maybe it was such a condition that led to his religious revival as the androgynous Aten?  Several other royal figures were represented like this too (but they could just be trying to associate themselves with the king).  

Ancient Egypt is srs bzns.

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#history  #art  #anthro