Sofonisba Anguissola -Retrato de mujer 1560 Museo Lázaro Galdeano, Madrid
“Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" (detail), c.1558, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
Naymlap, the heroic founder-colonizer of the Lambayque valley on the north coast of Peru, is thought to be the legendary figure represented on the top of this striking gold tumi (ceremonial knife). The knife would have been carried by dynastic rulers during state ceremonies to represent, in a more precious form, the copper knives used for animal sacrifices. Here Naymlap stands with his arms to his abdomen and his feet splayed outward. His headdress has an elaborate open filigree design and is festooned with various small gold ornaments. Turquoise—for the peoples of ancient Peru, a precious gem related to the worship of water and sky—is inlaid around the headdress and in the ear ornaments. The tumi was made with diverse metalworking techniques. Solid casting was used to produce the blade. The face and body were created with annealing (heating, shaping, and then cooling) and repoussé, in which the design is hammered in relief from the reverse side. Finally, the small ornaments at the top of the headdress were separately hammered or cast, then soldered into place. This tumi and many other gold, silver, and textile objects were made in royal workshops and ceremonially presented to high officials as emblems of rank and authority. (via The Art Institute of Chicago)
Hester W Chapman, Anne Boleyn, p224 (via lucreziaborgia)
Ancient Art Week!
Egyptian Scarab Amulets with Faces of Black Men
Egypt (c. 6th Century B.C.E.)
Oxford, Ashmolean Museum.
Far from mere curiosities, the black-head scarabs in fact form an important link in the transmission of the image of black people between Egypt and the nascent world of classical Greece. In the late archaic period of Greek history, when the Naukratis heads were made, fuller historical and artistic evidence offers useful insight into the process of transmission of the image of black people to other lands and cultures.
The White Queen Meme
1 | Queen/King - Richard III
Secrets, Detail. by Frederic Soulacroix