Posts by Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

April 23, 2024

Scholar Discovers 11th-Century Astrolabe With Inscriptions in Arabic, Hebrew, and Latin

An 11th-century astrolabe inscribed with Arabic, Hebrew, and Western numbers shows a strong collaboration between different religions and cultures. In a new report, Dr. Federica Gigante of the University of Cambridge discusses this scientific instrument, which she discovered thanks to a photo uploaded to a museum in Verona, Italy. Dr. Gigante, an expert on Islamic astrolabes, contacted the museum, which didn't know much about the astrolabe and thought it could be a fake.

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April 22, 2024

Colorful Flowers Used to Create Empowering Conceptual Self-Portraits

Photographer Fares Micue uses her artistic self-portraits to encourage and empower others. Her conceptual imagery often features natural elements, such as flowers, which she uses to cover her face. In this way, the photographer uses her body to help her portray a character rather than simply document herself. As Micue's work has evolved, she's aimed to become more honest and sincere in her photography.

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April 18, 2024

Haunting Image Showing Human Toll of Israel-Hamas War Named 2024 World Press Photo of the Year

A haunting look at the human toll of the Israel-Hamas war has been named the 2024 World Press Photo of the Year. Taken by Palestinian photojournalist Mohammed Salem for Reuters, it shows a woman cradling the body of her 5-year-old niece, who was killed when an Israeli missile struck their home. Based in the Gaza Strip, Salem has a first-hand view of the horrors of war and took the image at a hospital morgue.

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April 16, 2024

4 Online Drawing Classes for Artists of All Skill Levels

Putting pen or pencil to paper is an artistic tradition dating back centuries. Of course, nowadays, many people also prefer to work digitally, but the principles of drawing remain the same. Whatever method you choose, drawing is an incredibly fulfilling and relaxing creative outlet. As with any skill, it's also a journey. That's why My Modern Met Academy has a host of online drawing courses to meet you where you are in that journey.

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