Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian

Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian
Michael Richards, Jamaican American, born US, 1999
(resin, fiberglass and paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Artists depict stories from history. Artists depict stories from the Bible and other religious texts. Artists depict stories from literature. Let’s look at a work of art that tells a story from each one of these spheres. Continue reading

Burghers of Calais

The Burghers of Calais, First Maquette
Auguste Rodin, French, m. 1884, cast 1987
(bronze)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

In every community across the world, there are men and women who are willing to make a sacrifice. Let’s see a work of art that honors the courage of six leaders in France who were willing to give up their own lives in order to spare the lives of their fellow citizens. Continue reading

Amunred

Coffin of Amunred
Egyptian, Third Intermediate-Late Period, circa 715-525 BCE
(wood with gesso and paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Imagine you’re an archeologist and have entered an ancient Egyptian mummy’s burial chamber. What would you find? Continue reading

Fefi’s False Door

False Door of Ni-ankh-Snefru (Fefi)
Egyptian, Old Kingdom, circa 2321-2278 BCE
(white limestone with traces of paint)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

In ancient Egypt, powerful pharaohs (kings) ruled over a people for thousands of years. Let’s meet this ancient community and learn about their traditions and beliefs. Continue reading

Egungun Costume

Egungun Costume
Yoruba artists, Ouidah, Benin, 20th century
(cloth, wood, beads, coins, cowrie shells, and sequins)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Let’s learn about traditions from South Western Africa and the people who make communities strong. Continue reading

Forward

Forward
Jacob Lawrence, American, 1967
(tempera on Masonite panel)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Wars often divide communities. Let’s meet a brave American heroine who lived to see a devastating war that would divide the United States and pit citizen against citizen. Do you know what this war between the North and South is called? It is called the American Civil War (1861-1865). Continue reading

Battle of Lexington

First News of the Battle of Lexington
William Tylee Ranney, American, 1847
(oil on canvas)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

American patriots might have seen a scene similar to this one on their way to Boston to fight for independence with their fellow men at the start of the American War of Independence (1775-1783). Continue reading

American Landscape

American Landscape with Revolutionary Heroes
Roger Brown, American, 1983
(oil on canvas)
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Every community has leaders who make a difference. Let’s see a work of art of six leaders of the American War of Independence (1775-1783) and Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Continue reading