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Two Panathenaic Peploi: A Robe and a Tapestry

28 June 2017

So-called “Peplos Scene” from the east Parthenon frieze (panels E31-35). The scene may depict the peplos garment being folded by a child (perhaps a weaver) and a chief...

Fragonard’s “The Swing” and “Portrait of a Lady”

14 June 2017

Fragonard, “The Swing,” 1767. Oil on canvas. Wallace Collection Tonight I am feeling very sheepish. About three or four months ago, I student mentioned to me that Fragonard’s...

The Alexander Mosaic: Originality, Copies, and Displays

24 May 2017

Alexander the Great Confronts Darius III at the Battle of Issos (or possibly Battle of Gaugamela), floor mosaic, House of the Faun at Pompeii, Italy. 1st century CE Roman copy of a...

Etruscan Terracotta Sculptures and Vent Holes

19 May 2017

Rear view of “Apollo” from the Temple of Veii, c. 510-500 BCE. Terra-cotta, 5’10” I’ve been thinking about the statues from the Temple of Menerva (also...