Ancient Art’s Relationship with Religion

Carly Strickland Religion and the beliefs of the cultures of the ancient world played a huge role in the art that was created. Through this digital micro-exhibition visitors should experience…

A student's clay reconstruction of The Great Sphinx.

The Great Sphinx

Kirsty Rice The Great Sphinx has been seen as the symbol of both ancient Egypt and even for Egypt today. The Sphinx is an iconic symbol that is so widely…

An illustration on a wall of a male figure riding a horse.

Human and horses

  Ma Lijun “There is nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.” EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY PROVERB   The relationship between horse and human…

The Grecian Claim

In 1801, Thomas Bruce, the 7th Earl of Elgin, began his controversial removal of half the sculptures in the Parthenon. Greece at this time was occupied by the Ottoman Empire.…

Painting of men in a room filled with parthenon marble sculptures that had been removed from the original structure.

Elgin Marbles: A Debate of Ownership

When the Parthenon was constructed in the 5th century BCE, Athens was thriving as a democracy under the rule of Pericles. This temple was built to honor the patron deity…

The Elgin Marbles debate

Nearly 2,500 years ago, the Parthenon was built. It served as a temple to the goddess Athena and had since been used as a church, mosque, and even storage for…

Bronze sculpture of a woman in a dress holding small owl.

Athena: Goddess of Wisdom

Athena (Minerva to the Romans) was the goddess of reason, wisdom, handicrafts, and war. She was also the guardian of Athens, of which was named after her. She was seen…