The New Year is upon us, so it’s a good time to look back at The Best Art Posts of 2017.
This is the post that started it all! Once Free Birds at the Met was announced, I hopped on the opportunity to curate some of the neatest pieces I could find in their database.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) has made 375,000 pieces of art, in its collection, available for use — without license.
In a move to keep up with the digital age and increase access to art, The Met changed its policy to “Open Access”. An Open Access policy allows students, artists, hobbyists, (and bird nerds) to use, remix, and share the digitized version of The Met’s collection.
See the full post here.
Since The Met’s release of 375,000 images into the Public Domain, it has been a treat to look through hundreds of images and hunt for bird-related art and motifs. Here are pieces of art from 5600-2900 B.C.
Sculpture From Iran
Vessel Fragment From Mesopotamia
See the whole post here.
In this post, I posted 5 incredible images of art history that had a bird-theme tied in.
A Plate With a Man Riding a Rooster on it
Just a man riding a rooster on a plate because why not? The meaning is unknown, but the rooster is a reference to a “love-gift”. To learn more about love-gifts visit this Wiki page about Ganymede.
Ibis on a Skateboard
Art is subjective, right? Well, this might look like an ibis on a skateboard (or not), but it’s really an inlay from a shrine of the god Thoth, and the ibis is actually Thoth. The feather that Thoth is resting his bill on is a symbol of the goddess of justice, Maat. Thoth is god of writing and “all things intellectual”.
Read more here.
Unfortunately, these aren’t available for purchase…some we’ll take a pass on.
Gold Earrings from Greece
Earrings From Greece
Real Bird Earrings From Great Britain
Read the post here.
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