Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Beautiful Beasts:Through the history of art

Beautiful Beasts

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, As I put myself in a Curator's shoes I wanted to pick something that grabbed my attention. I was most impressed by the artworks and objects representing animals because I love any breed of animals, from domestic to wild ones. What interests me about these beautiful beasts, is that they have not only artistic value but have symbolic meaning as well. The oldest object in my exhibit is in the year before Christ and the newest ones are after Christ was born. Examples of the types of objects included in the exhibits are vases, to human size sculptures, and even masks in the shape of animals. As I was looking at these artworks it made me realize that animals had a lot of meaning and symbolized many things in history compared to today, where we usually use them for pets or to devour them!

"Terracotta vase in the form of a Bulls head" (c.a 1450-1400 B.C)

"Bronze statuette of a horse" (Hellenistic Art:Third Century B.C) (Late 2nd-1st century B.C)

"Marble statue of a Lion" (Greek Art:Fifth Century B.C)

"Marble leg of a table with a table’s head" (Greek and Roman Study Collection:Fifth Millenium B.C.-A.D)    1st-2nd Century A.D
"Bronze Cock" (South Italian Art) Date: Ca. 3rd-1st century B.C (South Italian Art: Fourth-First B.C)
"Bird Mask" Date:19th-20th Century (Not in exhibit)
"Mask:Antelope" (walu) (Main Africa gallery)
"PixCell-Deer #24" (Japanese Art) Date:2011 (Japanese Art)
"Lizard" Emmanuel Fremiet by Emile Muller CA. 1887 (European Decorative Arts and Sculpture)
"Mummy of Cat" Date: CA. 400 B.C.-100 A.D (Arts under the Ptol
emies 2)