Prehistoric Era Approximately 30,000 B.C. Mal'ta (now Russia) Venus figurine. Dates to around 21,000 B.C. It was carved from the ivory of a mammoth.
Prehistoric Era Approximately 30,000 B.C. An early painting at Ubirr (now Australia) showing a running male figure with hunting gear. 40,000 B.C.
Greek Era Approximately 5 th Century B.C. Statue in tribute to the goddess, Nike. She was the goddess of battle and athletic events. Late 5 th century B.C.
Greek Era Approximately 5 th Century B.C. Eros, God of love.
Roman Era Approximately 2 nd Century B.C. and 1 st Century A.D. <ul><li>Egyptian portrait of a mummy. This piece of artwork in particular, struck me as to how alive the boy looks. It also amazed me with the detail, it looks like a modern oil painting. </li></ul>
Roman Era Approximately 2 nd Century B.C. and 1 st Century A.D. Tomb panel taken from the Shandong Province, China.
Middle Ages/ Medieval Era Approximately 400 A.D. through 1100 A.D. Ktisis, the personification of charity. To emphasize her role as donor, she holds the measuring tool for the Roman foot. On her right a man extends a cornucopia toward her as if offering a gift; the Greek word for "good" is near his head. Originally a similar figure probably appeared to her left, and an inscription by his head would have completed the legend "Good wishes." (metmuseum.com)
Renaissance Era 1400s and 1500s Saint Bernard, gathers with his family around the Virgin Mary. This particular work was used as an altarpiece.
Renaissance Era 1400s and 1500s Portrait of a marriage ritual by Michelino da Besozzo. Little of his work has survived.
Renaissance 1400s and 1500s The Hindu god of competence and rightness, Lord Ganesha, made in India-Orissa.
Renaissance Era 1400s and 1500s Portrait of the Roman goddess, Venus and the Roman god, Cupid.
Renaissance Era 1400s and 1500s Engraving by Albrecht Dürer of the first man and woman in the Bible, Adam and Eve. Notice Eve is holding a piece of fig that was broken from the Tree of Knowledge.
Renaissance 1400s to 1500s Portrait of Maria Portinari, member of Italian mercantile family. Painted by Hans Memling.
Baroque Era 1600s Peter Paul Rubens, artist. One of three dozen landscape paintings in his career. Depicts an early morning hunt.
Baroque Era 1600s Adam Elsheimer, artist. Rumored to be either Bathsheba, whom King David spied upon and seduced, or Susanna, who was caught bathing in her garden by two lascivious church elders.
NeoClassical Era 18 th Century to 1700s Anton Raphael Mengs’s portrait of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, a writer on Greek art who published several books in the mid 1700s.
NeoClassical 18 th Century to 1700s Condesa de Altamira and Her Daughter, Maria Agustina painted by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. This imposing portrait is one of four that Goya painted of members of Count Altamira's family.
Romantic Era 19 th Century – 1800-1900 Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, entitled “Love Song”. This particular painting caught my attention as well, the beauty of it is breathtaking. You can almost hear the harp playing a love song lullaby.
Romantic Era 19 th Century- 1800s-1900s John Singer Sargent, entitled “Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)” This painting, as well, struck me for its time. Madame X’s dress is very provocative and she is looking off into the distance as if she is longing for something or someone. It is very beautiful and saddening.
Modern Era 20 th Century- 1850s-1999 Photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe. He used color contrast with black and white and creates a variety of thoughts and impressions with almost any photo he took. Mapplethorpe is one of my favorite photographers and I thought this photo was very powerful.
Modern Era 20 th Century- 1850s-1999 Andy Warhol’s protégé , Jean Michel Basquiat, artist. Another of my favorite Modern artists is Basquiat. His paintings are very visually powerful and extremely open to interpretation. His art makes you think, more so than I think most artists before him.
Contemporary Art 21 st Century 2000-Present John Currin’s The Clairvoyant , 2001, oil on canvas.
Contemporary Art 21 st Century 2000-Present Reconfiguration IV , Peter Grick, Acrylic on fiberboard, 2006