Transcending Time

Hasui Kawase
Takkou Cave, Hiraizumi

The Surprised Nymph
Edouard Manet, 1859-1861

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio - Sette opere di Misericordia (The Seven Works of Mercy), c. 1607

“Madame Camus”, 1870, Edgar Degas.

Andrea Sacchi  Daedalus and Icarus, c. 1645.

Marriage of the Elector of Brandebourg
Jan Mytens - 1646

Dragon and Waves (c. 1827 - 1831) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Sumerian headdress, made of gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and dates to ca. 2600–2500 B.C.

Kings and nobles became increasingly powerful and independent of temple authority during the course of the Early Dynastic period (2900–2350 B.C.), although the success of a king’s reign was considered to depend on support from the gods. A striking measure of royal wealth was the cemetery in the city of Ur, in which sixteen royal tombs were excavated in the 1920s and 1930s by Sir Leonard Woolley. These tombs consisted of a vaulted burial chamber for the king or queen, an adjoining pit in which as many as seventy-four attendants were buried, and a ramp leading into the grave from the ground.
This delicate chaplet of gold leaves separated by lapis lazuli and carnelian beads adorned the forehead of one of the female attendants in the so-called King’s Grave. In addition, the entombed attendants wore necklaces of gold and lapis lazuli, gold hair ribbons, and silver hair rings. Since gold, silver, lapis, and carnelian are not found in Mesopotamia, the presence of these rich adornments in the royal tomb attests to the wealth of the Early Dynastic kings as well as to the existence of a complex system of trade that extended far beyond the Mesopotamian River valley. (met)

Courtesy of & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, via their online collections, 33.35.3.

Sleeping VenusArtemisia Gentileschic. 1625-30Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, USA 

Breton Women
Vincent van Gogh, 1888