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01/23/2017 at 13:25. Facebook
Influential French artist Edouard Manet was born #onthisday in 1832. His work helped the transition from realism to impressionism. Manet used earlier masters like Titian and Goya as inspiration for his work, in addition to the new fashion for evoking the flatness of Japanese prints – as shown in this piece from 1882. It’s titled ‘Jeanne’ and evokes the finery of 1880s Europe while being...
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Discover how science and conservation joined forces to reveal the original colours of this 2,500-year-old ancient Egyptian coffin.

Uncovering a colourful past
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This incredible purse lid was part of the treasures found at Sutton Hoo. The famous ship burial dates from AD 600–650, during the Anglo-Saxon period in Britain. This purse lid is decorated using two extremely fine techniques – garnet cloisonné and glass millefiori – and the designs show two duck-like birds in the centre, with a man fending off two beasts either side. These images must have...
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01/21/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
Our #SouthAfricanArt curators share how they blended historical objects with contemporary art to tell the history of a fascinating nation.

The exhibition is open until 26 February – book your tickets here: [ Link ]

South Africa: an exhibition of two halves?
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01/21/2017 at 09:00. Facebook
This beautifully detailed painting is from the tomb of Nebamun. A middle-ranking ‘scribe and grain accountant’, he is thought to have lived around 1350 BC and worked at the vast temple complex near Thebes where the state-god Amun was worshipped. It shows him hunting birds on a boat with his wife and young daughter. The painter has captured the vitality and variety of the Nile – the shiny...
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01/20/2017 at 14:10. Facebook
The Museum has just acquired this stunning 14th-century alabaster sculpture of the Virgin and Child. It’s brilliantly well preserved and lots of the original decoration survives – complete with gilding and imitation gemstones. Listen to Curator Lloyd de Beer talk about its unlikely survival in this snippet from BBC Radio 4: [ Link ]
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01/19/2017 at 17:35. Facebook
We're behind the scenes looking at six decades of the #AmericanDream through art. We'd love to hear your thoughts and questions!
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01/19/2017 at 11:13. Facebook
Artist Paul Cézanne was born #onthisday in 1839. This print shows a bathing scene characteristic of his work from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Around this time, Cézanne produced numerous paintings depicting groups of bathers, changing the colours, composition and style each time. Cézanne is known for his intuitive technique and thoughtful composition – demonstrated in this print...
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01/18/2017 at 17:32. Facebook
On the eve of the Inauguration of the 45th US President, join our #FacebookLive looking back at the American Dream over the last 60 years. We'll be behind the scenes with playwright and commentator from the Southside of Chicago Bonnie Greer, reflecting on how artists have always responded to changing times.

We'll be live at 17.30 GMT on Thursday 19 January.

Our major #AmericanDream...
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01/18/2017 at 11:41. Facebook
A A Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, was born #onthisday in 1882. Here’s a badge showing Winnie talking to Eeyore. Milne’s characters have been firm favourites across the globe since they were first published in the 1920s. Disney started to produce TV & film starring Pooh in the 1960s. Which is your favourite character?
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01/17/2017 at 17:50. Facebook
Over 50 years ago, excavations near the town of Jericho revealed a mysterious human skull. But it was only recently that Museum researchers have been able to learn more about the person behind the plaster, thanks to modern technology.

Facing the past: the Jericho Skull
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01/17/2017 at 12:01. Facebook
This ancient Greek statue of a soldier and his horse was made around 550 BC. Found in Armento, Italy, it’s known as the ‘Armento Rider’. He once held a spear and reins, and had a crest on top of his helmet. The sculpture is a fine example of bronze casting at this time – the horse’s body has been slightly elongated to reduce the chance of the metal cracking as it cools. [ Link ]
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01/16/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
How many years did the Museum’s gatekeeper cat guard the main entrance?
What was in the ‘Cabinet of Obscene Objects’?
Which record did the Museum break in 2015?

29 things you (probably) didn’t know about the British Museum
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01/16/2017 at 11:58. Facebook
Octavian was granted the title of Augustus #onthisday in 27 BC, meaning he became the first Roman emperor. This bronze head of Augustus was made just after this date, and shows the emperor in great detail, complete with hauntingly realistic eyes. Privately, Augustus had started to depict himself as a deity. However, public representations of Augustus at this time, like this statue, didn’t use...
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01/16/2017 at 09:57. Facebook
Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I. Screenprint, 1973. Collection of Johanna and Leslie Garfield. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2016. © Tom Powel Imaging.
258 years ago, the Museum opened its doors to the public for the first time. To mark the occasion, today we are launching a blog where you can find all kinds of interesting articles – things you didn’t know about the Museum, curators’ insights, behind-the-scenes stories and more. We’d love to know what you think!
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The British Museum opened to the public #onthisday in 1759, becoming the first national public museum in the world!

Here’s a message from our Director Hartwig Fischer to mark the anniversary, and reflect upon the shared humanity that still connects visitors to the collection, 258 years later. Read more on our blog: [ Link ]
Can you help solve a mystery?

The Museum is currently helping to research a hoard of gold found in an old piano! The treasure was stashed at some point over the last 110 years, and there is no record of who owned the piano from 1906–1983.

British Museum launches search to solve mystery of gold treasure hoard found in family piano
Roman political figure Mark Antony was born #onthisday in 83 BC. He’s known for his complicated ally-then-enemy relationship with Octavian (who later became the emperor Augustus), and his love affair with Cleopatra VII of Egypt. This red jasper ring dates from around 40–30 BC, and contains a profile portrait of Mark Antony that’s less than 1.5cm across! [ Link ]
Read more about the artistic genius of #Hokusai in this article about our upcoming exhibition of his works.

You can buy tickets for the exhibition here: [ Link ]

Europe thought it had a monopoly on artistic genius. Hokusai proved it wrong | Jonathan Jones