Art history blog by two art history grad students. Art objects spanning all of time and space.
The Belvedere Torso, by the Athenian sculpture Apollonios, 1st century B.C., Marble, The Vatican Museum.
This fragmented piece is believed to be of the Greek hero Ajax while he contemplates suicide.
The Farnese Atlas, 2nd century Roman marble copy of a Greek sculpture.
Atlas, the Titian who holds the burden of the celestial sky on his shoulders.
Nike in the Louvre
The famous Winged Victory, a mysterious and graceful figure due to her lost arms and head.
The statue portrays the messenger goddess of victory, Nike. Her strong stance, wings, and flowing garments evoke a sense of triumph.
detail of Laocoon and His Sons
Laocoon and His Sons, 2nd century B.C., Marble, Vatican Museums.
This ancient greek sculpture was excavated in the 1500s and has since been the prototype of the depiction of human agony.
Laocoon was a Trojan priest who angered the gods and so they sent a serpent to kill him and his sons.
View of Venus de Milo in the Louvre.
Alexandros of Antioch, Aphrodite de Milo, c. 130-100 B.C., marble.
Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
Statue of a Women, second half of 4th century, marble.
Supposedly a depiction of Themis, the Greek goddess of custom and law. She was believed to possess knowledge of the future.
Bridget Riley, works from Fragments series, c. 1960.