At first, when comparing Orthodox vs Catholic icons, there appear to be many significant differences between the two types of religious images. From the attitudes of believers toward icons to stylistic traits, it seems like there are more differences between what we today know as Orthodox and Catholic traditions. But why is it so? And do Eastern and Western Christian icons have any similarities?
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Beautiful antique maps are just as valued by collectors and historians as paintings and sculptures. Centuries ago, before humans developed new ways of recording the curves of the Earth, maps used to be hand-drawn. Cartographers were scientists and had to be highly educated to represent reality as faithfully as possible. But were those people artists?
Karen and Ahmet from Surrey, UK, bought a vintage ceramic vase for $3.30 only to later find out that it was worth $11,800. The excited pair is now selling their thrift find at Canterbury Auction Galleries, which already handled a sale of a similar antique vase in the past for almost $40,000.
A large portion of popular knowledge about Christian art appears to be centered primarily around European tradition. Eurocentrism is something that often keeps us from seeing the full picture, forcing us to focus on a very small part of the world and a very limited number of cultures. The archeologists who recently found medieval Christian wall paintings in North-Eastern Africa will probably agree with this statement.
Modern state governments are constantly investigating cases of art crimes and demand the return of ancient artifacts stored away in Western museums to their homeland. One of the examples of such struggle is the recent conflict between the Parisian auction house Millon and the Mexican government.
Chinese visual arts need no introduction – everyone has seen a white-and-blue porcelain vase or a delicate ink illustration, at least, once. Ancient China has always had a variety of materials for art making. Among them is jade, a mineral that has a special place in Chinese culture and many other Asian cultures. But what exactly is the significance of traditional Chinese art?
In the award-winning Marvel movie “Black Panther,” the character Erik Killmonger confronts one of the museum’s art experts. He asks her about how the British have acquired pieces of African art. The answer to that, of course, is that it was stolen from the peoples of Africa. Today, we will talk about artwork repatriation, and how it impacts the current museum industry.
Collecting museum-quality antiques can be both exciting and profitable. Besides, the list of collectible antique items is almost endless. Books, dishes, bottles, furniture, coins, dolls, and paintings are just a few categories popular among collectors. These can actually be any items that are 100 years or older.