In 1772, at the age of 73, Mrs. Mary Delany invented a new way of depicting flowers: with hundreds of small pieces of paper carefully cut out and placed. This method - which she called "paper mosaicks" and which later became known as (paper) collage - enchanted her friend Lady Portland, King George III and his queen, and natural historians, artists, collectors, and friends alike. They look like botanical paintings, but are constructed out of paper.
the British Museum's collection. [more inside]
posted by julen
on Jun 21, 2011 -
MAN is one of a number of animals that make things, but man is the only one that depends for its very survival on the things he has made. That simple observation
is the starting point
for an ambitious history
programme that the BBC will begin broadcasting
on January 18th in which it aims to tell a history of the world through 100 objects in the British Museum (BM). A joint venture four years
in the making between the BM and the BBC, the series features 100 15-minute radio broadcasts, a separate 13 episodes in which children visit the museum
at night and try to unlock its mysteries, a BBC World Service package of tailored omnibus editions for broadcasting around the world and an interactive
digital programme involving 350 museums in Britain which will be available free over the internet. The presenter is Neil MacGregor
, the BM’s director, who has moved from the study of art to the contemplation of things. “Objects take you into the thought world of the past,” he says. “When you think about the skills required to make something you begin to think about the brain that made it.” via The Economist [more inside]
posted by infini
on Dec 30, 2009 -
In the summer of 1897, the Devil transported a minor Decadent poet
named Enoch Soames one hundred years into the future to see what posterity would make of his work
. The only witness to the affair was the parodist Max Beerbohm
, whose account
of Soames and his journey ensured that at 2:10 P.M. on June 7, 1997, some dozen pilgrims waited in the Round Reading Room of the British Museum to see the poet appear
posted by Iridic
on Jul 22, 2008 -
The British Museum has put together a beautiful interactive display system they call "Turning the Pages
" for some of the rarest books in their collection, including the Sherborne Missal
. The technology has been developed to realistically replicate
the physical act of turning the pages of each individual book.
posted by anathema
on Aug 24, 2002 -
How far should the commercialisation of fine art go?
The British Museum has licensed an on-line company atelier 350
to sell reproductions of some of the drawings in their collection. This article argues that the sales description is misleading and if replicated on a wider scale could harm the general public's perception of access to the collections in the long run. I agree that museums have to raise funds somehow and I'm not against the selling of some of the more popular images, however, surely their first responsibility must be to educate not to distort or hide the truth in the way which is shown here.
posted by feelinglistless
on Jun 6, 2002 -
In search of the real Cleopatra:
an exhaustive collection of artifacts exploring the history and the myth of the Queen of the Nile is currently on display at the British Museum. It will run through August 26. (The exhibition will travel state side and be at the Field Museum in Chicago from October 20 through March 3, 2002.)
posted by tamim
on Apr 13, 2001 -
"The marbles belong to the British Museum ...
which does not intend to return any part of the collection to its country of origin," PM Tony Blair ruling out the return to Greece of the so-called "Elgin" marbles, the stone carvings that were unceremoniously hacked off the Parthenon
by the Earl of Elgin
and carted back to Britain. Nearly 200 years later and despite years of Greek protest, the British Museum is not budging and has maintained thoughout that it has been protecting these antiquities from almost certain destruction (although their own record in this regard has not been great
). Should museums today be returning treasures that have were obtained though such looting?
posted by lagado
on Mar 25, 2001 -