The Best Art Posts of 2017

The New Year is upon us, so it's a good time to look back at The Best Art Posts of 2017.

The New Year is upon us, so it’s a good time to look back at The Best Art Posts of 2017.

Free Birds at The Met

This is the post that started it all! Once Free Birds at the Met was announced, I hopped on the opportunity to curate some of the neatest pieces I could find in their database.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) has made 375,000 pieces of art, in its collection, available for use — without license.

“A Partridge and Small Game Birds”. Jan Fyt (Flemish, 1611-1661) Oil on canvas. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue.

In a move to keep up with the digital age and increase access to art, The Met changed its policy to “Open Access”. An Open Access policy allows students, artists, hobbyists, (and bird nerds) to use, remix, and share the digitized version of The Met’s collection.

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“Hat”. Mlle. Louise. Ca. 1890. American. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bast fiber, cotton, birds, feathers.

See the full post here.

5 Bird-Related Pieces of Art From 5600-2900 B.C.

Since The Met’s release of 375,000 images into the Public Domain, it has been a treat to look through hundreds of images and hunt for bird-related art and motifs. Here are pieces of art from 5600-2900 B.C.

Sculpture From Iran

“Bird standard”. Early Bronze Age. Ca. Mid-3rd Millennium B.C. Southeastern Iran. Copper alloy. Metalwork-Sculpture. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue.

Vessel Fragment From Mesopotamia

“Fragment of a vessel with a bird of prey attacking a crouched animal in relief”. Late Uruk-Jemdet Nasr. Ca. 3300-2900 B.C. Southern Mesopotamia. Limestone. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue.

See the whole post here.

Birds in Art 1900 B.C.- 100 A.D.

In this post, I posted 5 incredible images of art history that had a bird-theme tied in.

A Plate With a Man Riding a Rooster on it

Just a man riding a rooster on a plate because why not? The meaning is unknown, but the rooster is a reference to a “love-gift”. To learn more about love-gifts visit this Wiki page about Ganymede.

“Terracotta Plate”. Signed by Epiketos. Greek. Ca. 520-510 B.C. Terracotta. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue.

Ibis on a Skateboard

Art is subjective, right? Well, this might look like an ibis on a skateboard (or not), but it’s really an inlay from a shrine of the god Thoth, and the ibis is actually Thoth. The feather that Thoth is resting his bill on is a symbol of the goddess of justice, Maat. Thoth is god of writing and “all things intellectual”.

“Inlay depicting Thoth as the ibis with a maat feather”. Egypt. 4th Century B.C. Faience. On view at The Met Fifth Avenue.

Read more here.

Birds in Jewels Through the Centuries

Unfortunately, these aren’t available for purchase…some we’ll take a pass on.

Gold Earrings from Greece

“Earring with pendants of birds”. 4th Century B.C. Greek. Gold.

Earrings From Greece

“Pair of gold hoop earrings with Erotes riding doves”. Hellenistic. 3rd Century B.C. Greek. Gold.

Real Bird Earrings From Great Britain

“Earrings”. Ca. 1865. British. Preserved bird, gold, metal.

Read the post here.

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