Gallery visit: The Oldest Portrait the British Museum

10th January 2017 British Museum

The Jericho Skull is the oldest portrait in the British Museum’s collection – a human skull that was decorated with plaster about 9,500 years ago. 

http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=283002&partId=1

jericho-skull

Like us early people wanted a way to remember their departed loved ones.

The same day I saw a small exhibition of drawings by Maggi Hambling (see posting https://wordpress.com/post/stubbs.blog/490) which included moving drawings of her mother and father alive and at the point of death.

maggihamblingmother

The following day I saw a fabulous exhibition of portraits by Picasso (see posting) – lovers, spouses, friends, rivals, those who inspired him.

picasso-dora-maar

Art, not just writing, is a powerful tool for remembering, helping us to hold their faces and characteristics as well as the shared moments with those who are significant for us.


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