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Interesting blog on how Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre
12/01/2018
The Mona Lisa is Missing....! - SciHi Blog

Interesting blog on how Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-1505) On August 21, 1911 during intensive repair and renovation work the Louvre Museum realized that Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, was stolen. I guess, the Mona Lisa must be the most famous painting in the world. The painting’s...

Achilles and Ajax playing a board game - first in black figure, then a similar scene in red figure. Which one is your fa...
29/11/2016

Achilles and Ajax playing a board game - first in black figure, then a similar scene in red figure. Which one is your favorite? Let us know!

Bronze cista handle with Sleep and Death Carrying off the Slain Sarpedon, 400-380 BC.  Such ornate handles were used to ...
27/11/2016

Bronze cista handle with Sleep and Death Carrying off the Slain Sarpedon, 400-380 BC. Such ornate handles were used to decorate ancient Etruscan bronze urns. Cleveland Museum of Art.

An ancient Egyptian Farming calendar shows how ancient farmers were tilled the soil, sowed the seeds, followed by reapin...
23/11/2016

An ancient Egyptian Farming calendar shows how ancient farmers were tilled the soil, sowed the seeds, followed by reaping and winnowing.

Panatheanic amphora for a boxing contest. 336 BC . Two boxers, wearing gauntlets are engaged in a fierce boxing contest....
16/11/2016

Panatheanic amphora for a boxing contest. 336 BC . Two boxers, wearing gauntlets are engaged in a fierce boxing contest. But who is the other boxer on the left?

He is the ephedros, a contestant who had a "bye" to skip the next round.

In ancient Olympics, the process of elimination is as follows. A sacred silver urn is brought, in which the organizers have put bean-size lots. On two lots an alpha is inscribed, on two a beta, and on another two a gamma, and so on. If there are more athletes, two lots always have the same letter. Each athlete comes forth, prays to Zeus, puts his hand into the urn and draws out a lot. Following him, the other athletes do the same. Whip bearers are standing next to the athletes, holding their hands and not allowing them to read the letter they have drawn. When everyone has drawn a lot, the umpire or Hellanodikai walks around and looks at the lots of the athletes as they stand in a circle. He then joins the athlete holding the alpha to the other who has drawn the alpha for wrestling or pankration, the one who has the beta to the other with the beta, and the other matching inscribed lots in the same manner. This process was apparently repeated every round until the finals. There were no semi or quarter final matches.
If there was an odd number of competitors, there would be a bye (ἔφεδρος – ephedros "reserve") in every round until the last one. The same athlete could be an ephedros more than once, and this could of course be of great advantage to him as the ephedros would be spared the wear and tear of the rounds imposed on his opponent(s). To win a tournament without being an ephedros was therefore considered to be a great honour.

Origin of the word nightmare: A Mare (Old English: mære, Old Dutch: mare; mara in Old High German, Old Norse and Old Chu...
17/10/2016

Origin of the word nightmare: A Mare (Old English: mære, Old Dutch: mare; mara in Old High German, Old Norse and Old Church Slavic) is an evil spirit or goblin in Germanic and Slavic folklore which rides on people's chests while they sleep, bringing on bad dreams (or "nightmares").. as in this painting by Henri Fuseli

The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue depicting an anthropomorphic lioness. The statue was found n...
15/10/2016

The Guennol Lioness is a 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue depicting an anthropomorphic lioness. The statue was found near Baghdad, Iraq and is on display in New York City’s Brooklyn Museum of Art. The Lioness Demon, an Elamite figure believed to have been created circa 3000–2800 BCE, was on loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art until it was purchased at auction by an English collector.

The first sunglasses were actually sun-goggles. They were invented by the Eskimos nearly 2000 years ago to prevent them ...
13/10/2016

The first sunglasses were actually sun-goggles. They were invented by the Eskimos nearly 2000 years ago to prevent them from snow blindness. These 'cool' goggles were made of reindeer antlers, or carved out wood or walrus ivory. They had two tiny holes for the eyes and two holes on either end for a string to be attached and worn around the head.

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09/09/2016

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Continuing on with our Ancient Olympics series, did you know which is the Ancient Olympics Record that has stood till da...
11/08/2016
Ancient Olympics - Most celebrated Olympian of All-time - Vusiem Guides

Continuing on with our Ancient Olympics series, did you know which is the Ancient Olympics Record that has stood till date? A 2168-year record that, hopefully, might get broken finally in the Rio Olympics this time. Read on!

http://www.vusiem.com/home/ancient-olympics-celebrated-olympian-time/

When the American swimmer, Michael Phelps, won the 200m Butterfly Gold in the Rio Olympics, he levelled one of the longest-standing records of all-time. The 2168-year old record for the most individual successes in Olympics. It was set by the famous athlete Leonidas of Rhodes in original Olympic gam...

Rio Olympics 2016 is here. What an impressive opening ceremony it was! As the modern Olympics treads into newer geograph...
06/08/2016
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Rio Olympics 2016 is here. What an impressive opening ceremony it was! As the modern Olympics treads into newer geographies, have you ever wondered about the Ancient Olympics of the 8th century BC. Did it also feature similar pomp and show? Were the winners awarded gold, silver and bronzes like today? Where did the competing athletes come from? Are there records of the winners? What about women? For such questions you may (or may not) have had, read on!

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Paris is a great place to visit during summer. The museums of Paris justify its position as the capital of the Art world...
11/07/2016
Visiting Louvre and other Paris Museums? Some tips! - Vusiem Guides

Paris is a great place to visit during summer. The museums of Paris justify its position as the capital of the Art world. However, Summer is also the time when the tourist season in Paris is at its peak. The queues tend to be long and you might be spending more time outside the museum in the queue than within it!
If you are planning to make a trip to Paris, then this article on how to beat the queues at Paris is worth reading!

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Paris is the Art capital of the world with famous museums like the Louvre, Orsay, Pompidou etc. Some tips to help you plan your museum day out and avoid the crowds and queues!

For long the fabled cities of Thonis-Herakleion and Canopus in Northern Alexandira mentioned in Herodotus and Homer's wo...
08/07/2016
Unearthing the sunken cities of Herakleion - Vusiem Guides

For long the fabled cities of Thonis-Herakleion and Canopus in Northern Alexandira mentioned in Herodotus and Homer's works had not been discovered despite extensive research. Their discovery is an adventure in itself. A pioneering combination of painstaking research, underwater archaeology and engineering, these secrets now surface! Our latest blog talks about this amazing exhibition now displayed at the British Museum.

http://www.vusiem.com/home/unearthing-the-sunken-cities-of-herakleion-british-museum/

Amazing 3D reconstruction of the unique "Open-Top" architecture of the Sun-worshipping Amarna period of Ancient Egypt. I...
28/06/2016
Watch an amazing 3D video reconstruction of the Grandeur of the Amarna Period - Vusiem Guides

Amazing 3D reconstruction of the unique "Open-Top" architecture of the Sun-worshipping Amarna period of Ancient Egypt. If you are interested, you can also participate in the exciting crowdsourcing endeavour of the university of Bordeaux. (Link inside)

Looking back, the so-called Amarna period was an amazing period of Egyptian history. A period during the latter half of the eighteenth dynasty (1543-1292 BC), it was characterized by phenomenal advancements in religion, sculpture, architecture, language and art. It all started with the pharaoh and h...

The goal of every Ancient Egyptian was to rise from the dead. Osiris awakens.
03/06/2016

The goal of every Ancient Egyptian was to rise from the dead. Osiris awakens.

Daphne transforms into a laurel tree to stop being pursued by Apollo. This sculpture is the dramatic moment of the trans...
28/05/2016

Daphne transforms into a laurel tree to stop being pursued by Apollo. This sculpture is the dramatic moment of the transformation. Apollo tries to stop her but to no avail. Sculpture by Bernini from the Galleria Borghese

Be Hapy! The Nile God Hapy was found sunk in the sea bed off Egypt Coast. This 5 metre tall statue is currently in the S...
26/05/2016

Be Hapy! The Nile God Hapy was found sunk in the sea bed off Egypt Coast. This 5 metre tall statue is currently in the Sunken Cities exhibition at British Museum.

Advasising!This vase crica 5th century BC is most famous for the inscription that runs between the painted figures on th...
18/05/2016

Advasising!

This vase crica 5th century BC is most famous for the inscription that runs between the painted figures on this lekythos. It says: onisthe me kai enepolesei kalos (Buy me, you'll be getting a bargain). It could be considered the first known advertising slogan! The vase resembles many others, being a simple lekythos with an unremarkable decoration, but the painter decided to use his marketing skills to make it stand out from the rest.

So, how does a chameleon change colors?We all used to think they mixed and matched Red, blue and green pigments to achie...
12/05/2016

So, how does a chameleon change colors?

We all used to think they mixed and matched Red, blue and green pigments to achieve the color, but it turns out, we are totally wrong.

The chameleons are using a more futuristic technology than we had ever imagined.

Each chameleon's skin has two layers of nano crystals. By increasing the space between the crystals or by shrinking them,chameleons are able to control which colors are absorbed and which ones are reflected!

A cute pygmy seahorse
09/05/2016

A cute pygmy seahorse

The 1796 painting of Robert Hubert shows a design for the Grand Gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris. He also painted i...
19/04/2016

The 1796 painting of Robert Hubert shows a design for the Grand Gallery of the Louvre Museum in Paris. He also painted its anti-image - an imaginary view of the Gallery of the Louvre if it was left to ruins.

Nature's sculpture - elephant rock at Utah
30/03/2016

Nature's sculpture - elephant rock at Utah

The blinding of Cyclops. Full scale reconstruction of the Sperlonga Homeric sculptures dated 1st century AD.
23/03/2016

The blinding of Cyclops. Full scale reconstruction of the Sperlonga Homeric sculptures dated 1st century AD.

Little children in a school understood the concepts of Cubism by each painting a portrait of Picasso and then cutting it...
15/03/2016

Little children in a school understood the concepts of Cubism by each painting a portrait of Picasso and then cutting it up in geometrical forms to make a collage. The results are interesting!

When the foreground is just a mirror of the background. The Little Heathland princess is our favorite Impressionist pain...
07/03/2016

When the foreground is just a mirror of the background. The Little Heathland princess is our favorite Impressionist painting. (Fritz von Uhde, 1880)

Amazing recreation of the Luxor temple in 3D. Compare it with what it looks like today.
25/02/2016

Amazing recreation of the Luxor temple in 3D. Compare it with what it looks like today.

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