Here is a partial list of museums with online / virtual exhibits. You might be able to find a sculpture to write about. This list will grow and adapt!
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We recently switched our tv service to ATT’s UVerse. With this change, we have a few channels that I’ve never seen before. One of them is the Wealth Channel. This channel has a regular program entitled Art Museums of the World. This show appears to be on Saturdays, but I cannot find any other information about it. My on screen tv guide tells me that the episodes I have watched originally aired in 2009, but I cannot find a website for the show and I cannot find any episodes on the internet (Youtube, Hulu, etc.). So, if you don’t have this channel, you can probably not watch it. I tell you all of this anyway, though, because I have caught a few episodes, and it was a really neat show. For students of the Arts and Humanities, especially, this show begins each episode with “Every museum has its own special story to tell,” and it tells it.
To you, my HUM120 students, the episode entitled “The National Archaeological Museum of Athens: Ancient Greek Art Awakened,” would be of particular interest. This museum is, of course, in Athens, Greece where Western Civilization as we know it began 2500 years ago. This temple-like museum has a collection of Ancient Greek Art like no other with more than 50 exhibit halls and more than 15000 pieces displayed at a time. The museum covers 6000 years of history from the pre-historic age to the Hellenic. Statues there include the Kroisos Kouros, statue pedestals with 2D carvings, The Marathon Boy, The Jockey of Artemision, and a bronze Zeus (circa 460 BCE) discovered at the bottom of the sea after being lost for 1800 years. This museum also has a huge collection of Mycenaean artifacts, especially funerary ones. The museum is about recovering Ancient Greek Art and teaching Greeks about their heritage.
Other episodes that I have caught include ones on “Pergamon Museum: Ancient Monument Reconstructed” (which is the most popular museum in Berlin and has the Pergamon Temple from Ancient Greece, the Ishtar Gate from Babylonia, and Woman Holding a Pomegranate, a Tarent Goddess circa 570 BCE), “Kunstmuseum Basel: World’s First Public Museum” (which is considered the “best art museum in Switzerland” and was founded in 1662 by the citizens rather than a monarch or rich benefactor), “National Museum, New Delhi: An Explorer’s Introduction to Buddha’s Beauty” (which obviously has a huge amount of Buddha artifacts in its 150,000 piece collection, some of which were excavated from Ancient Buddha sanctuaries), and “Gemaldegalerie: A Curator’s Obsession.”
Gemaldegalerie is part of the Kulturforum in Berlin, created as an Art Gallery to display “old master” paintings collected by the curator Wilhelm von Bode. This gallery contains works will take a look at over the semester, including those by Rembrandt, Durer, Vermeer, and Hals. It also includes works by the great Italian Renaissance masters like Botticelli and Titan (which you will be writing about later this semester).
So, I don’t know if you can find this show out there, but if you can, it might be worth watching a bit. And certainly if you find it on the internet, let me know where so I can share!
Click Here for a List of Links to Museums with a Virtual Presence (this page will continue to grow and adapt)