Category: Art History

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What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

When looking through an antiquities catalogue, it’s not uncommon to see pieces described as ‘style’ or as being from the ‘Grand Tour Period’. For a collector at the beginning of their antiquities journey these terms can be confusing. In this article, we want to run you through what the Grand Tour was, who went on it and ultimately how that relates to the antiquities … Read More What is the Grand Tour Period? A Guide to the 17th & 18th Century Phenomenon

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Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles

Classical Marble Statues are perhaps some of the most iconic artefacts from Classical Antiquity. They range from staggering full body pieces to tiny fascinating fragments. Their beauty and recognisable nature means they are some of the most sought-after pieces in auctions across the world. Even better, this means they don’t tend to lose value. Once they were out of reach for mid range buyers … Read More Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles

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Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

In the west, it’s not uncommon to see representations of the Buddha used in the home as decoration.  However, it’s important to remember that these decorative pieces follow a long tradition of making statues in the Buddha’s likeness for spiritual and religious purposes. In this article we want to guide you through the history of Buddhism. We’ll teach you how these statues would have … Read More Ancient Depictions of the Buddha – Buddhist art from Ancient India to China

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How Does Classical Art Influence Modern Art? From the Renaissance to Now.

It can be easy to think that ancient art is something that exists in a vacuum; its splendour and detail detached from anything that came after. However, this is not true. Classical Art‘s influence on Modern art is vast; from literal usage of the imagery and motifs, to theoretical subtleties that are mainly subconscious. Many in Europe would see it as a foundation of … Read More How Does Classical Art Influence Modern Art? From the Renaissance to Now.

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Ancient Animals – The Human Connection to Animals throughout History

Throughout time, the human connection to animals is undeniable. Whether it’s in food production, labour, companionship or travel, animals today still play an incredibly important role in our lives. In our modern world, day to day interactions with animals – aside from our beloved pets – are less frequent. Even so, images of animals are everywhere. A cute puppy picture on your phone’s lock … Read More Ancient Animals – The Human Connection to Animals throughout History