Art General, Culture and Religion, Museum Collections

My free copy of this totally awesome children’s book has arrived.  Historium, by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson (Big Picture Press link), brings the museum right to your lap at any hour of the day.  It’s filled with illustrations that truly make the reader feel as if they are standing right in front of the glass case housing the objects.

I was already a fan of their previous books Animalium and Maps before they approached me.  Big thanks guys.  I’m very honored to be part of this cool project!


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Frieze of Archers

Historium arrived! Thanks Templar Publishing

Flight of Horace

FOH - Sandbank Like a twig, I floated aimlessly until I felt the warmth of a sandbank and crawled upon the shore.  I opened my eyes and gazed at the blue sky and soft cotton clouds as if it was my first time.

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Horace’s pose in this scene is based on the earth god Geb in the Book of the Dead of Nesitanebtashru.

The acacia tree can be found in the “Netting Birds” scene painted on the walls of the Tomb of Khnumhotep (Beni Hasan, Middle Kingdom).  Painted by Nina de Garis Davies (1881–1965)

The flowers are California poppies styled in the manner commonly found in Egyptian monuments.  (Atlas of Egyptian Art, Zeitouna Press, 1991, Plate # 11.62, E. Prisse d’Avennes)


The Warmth of a Sandbank