Many people have heard of the Rosetta Stone, but few know the fascinating history of this Egyptian artifact. The large, slightly broken stone monument is the bedrock of modern knowledge of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Read on to discover the origins, history, and mystery of the engraved rock which came to be known as the Rosetta Stone. What is the Rosetta Stone? The artifact known as the Rosetta Stone is a thick slab of granodiorite rock.
Today, the unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Army—a hoard of legendary, life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor's elaborate mausoleum—is renowned...
Marble sculpture is a cornerstone of art history.
When we think of what life must have been like in prehistoric times, we don't often leave much space to consider the art these people may have left behind. In reality, even 30,000 years ago, populations of people were producing what was—at the time—sophisticated works of art as a means of expression. Nothing exemplifies this more than the cave paintings at Altamira.
When one thinks of history's great civilizations, it's impossible not to include the ancient Greeks.
Throughout history, countless creatives have found inspiration in Venus, the Roman goddess of love.
When you think of marble statues, what comes to mind? You most likely imagine sculptures of freestanding figures, like the Venus de Milo and David. In addition to these decorative works of art, however, some marble creations are functional, like the ancient caryatid. Part figurative female sculpture and part architectural element, the caryatid has helped creatively carry the weight of buildings for thousands of years.
Hellenistic sculpture is one of art history's most prized practices.
During ancient Greece's Hellenistic Period, sculptors took their classical craft to new levels.
It's no secret that the Louvre has one of the world's most stunning collections of art. In addition to the Mona Lisa and an entire Michelangelo Gallery, the major museum also excels in antiquities, with gems that include a Great Sphinx, the Venus de Milo, and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.
A new discovery by researchers at the University of Cincinnati is upending the way we think about the development of...
Archaeologists with Cyprus' Department of Antiquities have recently unearthed a rare mosaic that dates back to 4th century CE.