Imhotep: a Name of History

Imhotep (known formally as Chancellor of the King of Egypt, Doctor, First in line after the King of Upper Egypt, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary nobleman, High Priest of Heliopolis, Builder, Chief Carpenter, Chief Sculptor, and Maker of Vases in Chief), is the first known artist, architect, engineer, and physician. How did he achieve […]

Art Diving

(Note from the author: microphone is out of commission, but the podcast will be up soon) Henri Cosquer is a dive instructor in Southern France. While teaching SCUBA diving clients one day in 1985, he discovered a small underwater opening in the cliff wall. He returned several times during the month of September, slowly making his […]

Unfinished Paintings

Listen to this article: Victory Boogie-Woogie is the final work of art by the Dutch abstract painter Piet Mondrian. It is a cacophony red, blue, yellow, black, and white parallelograms, on a diamond shaped canvas, remenicent of busy city streets. But the piece remains unfinished because Mondrian died on February 1st, 1944… 2 years into […]

Plastered Skulls

Listen to this article: Archaeologist John Garstang was digging in the West Bank of Jerusalem in the 1930s. What he found was an art form that had disappeared for several thousand years. An art form that remains one of the oldest known in all the Middle East: human skulls covered in plaster.

25 Thousand Year Old Faces

Finding ancient art can be difficult, and depictions of the human face are even more rare, but each discovery leads to a better understanding of our shared history. This drawing, found in Vilhonneur grotto in France, shows that stylization (at 25, 000 years old) was an early development. Unfortunately though, not all of discoveries are treated well…