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The Looting and Destruction of Persian/Mesopotamian Artifacts, pt. 1

To the last drop...

Winston Churchill once said: "He who controls oil will win the next war."

In the 19th century; the Victorian Era; the Industrial Age; a time when women were expected to be seen and not heard, "Angels in the house," one woman, Gertrude Bell, played an important role in the herstory of feminism.

While many women (and men) can look up to her as a bellwether of social change and women's independence, at the time she did not support the suffragettes because she felt women weren't smart enough to vote. And arguably, as most universities were closed to women, she had a point.

She was a complicated figure who appreciated, admired, and attempted to protect the Arab culture and simultaneously contributed to the problems of that region that persist today.

After WWI, Bell was a member of The 1921 Cairo Conference, or as Winston Churchill called them, "the Forty Thieves," which sought the most advantageous ways to protect and export British interests while being indifferent to the area’s history, culture, and sacrosanct beliefs.

"Analyze the idea that the US allowed museum looting while protecting the oil ministry."

Not entirely true, but there was a disregard for Mesopotamian and Persian antiquities because oil was the primary reason for being in the Middle East. Only later did collectors move in on that lucrative trade.

Check for accuracy.



Sunday Art History 101 - Eugène Delacroix

Eugène Delacroix
La Mort de Sardanapale (Death of Sardanapalus), 1827.
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Height: 3.9 m (12.8 ft); Width: 4.9 m (16.2 ft)
Louvre Museum

Sardanapalus, king of Assyriais, is portrayed as a decadent figure who spends his life in self-indulgence and upon hearing of his incipient defeat, had all his precious possessions, including concubines, female and male, destroyed in an orgy of destruction.



China October 2013


I just spent the week in Beijing and saw some great art, but before I can post a meaning entry I need to get caught up on many things.

On our last day we visited the National Art Museum of China which is having an exhibition of artist Shi Hu's Calligraphy and Paintings.

After a day of learning Chinese calligraphy with a local artist this was a nice conclusion to our trip.

After seeing the exhibition I had a seal made to use on my calligraphy.

But I'll get into more of this later.