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Beauty Ideals Throughout History

A diverse cast of models shows how the standard of beauty for women has changed dramatically over time. Ancient Egypt (c. 1292 – 1069 B.C.)   Ancient Greece (c. 500 – 300 B.C.)   Han Dynasty (c. 206 B.C. – 220 A.D.)   Italian Renaissance (c. 1400 – 1700)   Victorian England (c. 1837 – […]

Kokeshi Dolls

In the age of technology and the spread of 3D printers and ‘easy to forget the beauty and value of the traditional method. Yasuo Okazaki creates a doll Kokeshi style Naruko with a technique passed down for over 400 years. The Kokeshi are a type of traditional Japanese wooden dolls. They are a product that is […]

How Dinsey Princesses would look like if they were historically accurate?

Disney creates fictional worlds for their princesses to live in, drawing on historical and mythical inspiration to create beautiful fairy tales. We wondered what the princesses would’ve looked like if they’d existed in the real world, so we used context clues from the films to determine, as specifically as possible, the time and location of […]

Kintsugi: The Art of Broken Pieces

The Japanese art of Kintsugi, which means ‘golden joinery’ or ‘to patch with gold’, is all about turning ugly breaks into beautiful fixes. Most repairs hide themselves – the goal is usually to make something as good as new. Kintsugi proposes that repair can make things better than new. Kintsugi is a technique of repairing broken […]

TheCreative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

From the fifth through 13th centuries, parchment, made from animal skin, was used for pages of books. Parchment was strong, but the quality of it varied based on thickness, uniformity of color, and evenness of each page. While pages of books made with very high-quality parchment remain intact fairly well, poor-quality parchment had a tendency […]

Art, History and Racism

“I’ve always been fascinated by history: art history, American history, world history, individual history – how history is written, recorded, distorted, exploited, reimagined, and understood.  In my work I explore the materiality of reconstructive history.  I paint and I sculpt, often borrowing from the historical canon, and then alter the work in some way.  I […]

War and Peace: political satire illustrations by Anthony Freda

Visual propaganda has been used since history began to promote war and inflame tribal passions. The author, Anthony Freda, makes these images to act as anti-propaganda and hopefully make people question the policy of permanent war and challenge the pretexts that take us into each new, horrific adventure. He decided the skills he have acquired […]