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.


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 which included moving drawings of her mother and father alive and at the point of death.


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


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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