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In ancient Assyria, kings could prove their strength to their people by hunting lions. Although this may be shocking to modern eyes, killing lions represented the king’s ability to protect his nation against the dangers of the world. King Ashurbanipal commissioned a series of relief carvings for his palace showing himself hunting lions – even strangling them with his bare hands! Although gruesome in places, these sublimely carved reliefs are some of the most famous examples of Assyrian art. Discover the world of #Ashurbanipal and see amazing ancient artworks in our autumn exhibition – book tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by @BP_plc Logistics partner @IAGCargo #BritishMuseum #Assyria #king #AssyrianEmpire #relief #carving #art #AncientHistory #lion #exhibition #London ...more
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In the 7th century BC, Assyrian king #Ashurbanipal ruled from a lavish palace ‘without rival’ in the city of Nineveh (now in northern Iraq). It was decorated with amazing reliefs and carvings – built to be ‘an object of wonder for all the people’. The artworks that adorned the walls of these spaces recounted famous Assyrian victories, boasted of the king’s strength and power, and depicted verdant gardens owned by the royal family. This 19th-century watercolour shows how the interiors might have looked. Uncover family feuds and power struggles, discover luxurious palaces and tour the world’s largest empire in our major autumn exhibition – find out more and book tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by @BP_plc Logistics partner @IAGCargo #BritishMuseum #Assyria #palace #palaces #king #Nineveh #luxury #history #Iraq #exhibition #AncientHistory #relief #carving ...more
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‘I am Ashurbanipal, great king, mighty king, king of the world, king of Assyria’ King #Ashurbanipal of Assyria was the most powerful man on earth during his reign in the 7th century BC. For nearly 40 years he ruled the largest empire the world had seen which stretched over 1,000 miles from the shores of the eastern Mediterranean to the mountains of western Iran. He created amazing palaces filled with reliefs and carvings that depicted his successes on the battlefield and in kingly pursuits like lion hunting. Ashurbanipal was far more than a warrior or warmonger – unusually for an Assyrian king he could read and write, and he created a vast library of cuneiform tablets and other kinds of texts in an attempt to gather all the knowledge in the world. Come face to face with a man whose reign shaped the history of the ancient world in our autumn exhibition. Book #Ashurbanipal tickets via the link in our bio. Supported by @BP_plc Logistics partner @IAGCargo #BritishMuseum #Assyria #exhibition #AncientHistory #relief #carving ...more
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John Constable grew up in southeast England close to the River Stour. The waterway and the surrounding countryside featured heavily in his works – including perhaps his most famous painting ‘The Hay Wain’, now in @national_gallery. This watercolour from 1832 shows the same location from a different angle. The white cottage is known as Willy Lott’s Cottage after the tenant farmer who lived there when it featured in Constable’s paintings. #Constable #JohnConstable #HayWain #watercolour #landscape #painting #countryside #RiverStour #BritishMuseum ...more
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Ruins and ancient buildings were favourite subjects for painters in the early 19th century. This sunny watercolour by John Constable shows the remains of Cowdray House in West Sussex on the south coast of England. It hadn’t been a ruin for long when Constable painted this view in 1834 – a huge fire destroyed much of the Tudor building in 1793. #JohnConstable #Constable #watercolour #painting #art #artist #landscape #ruins #Tudor #BritishMuseum ...more
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Landscape painter John Constable was born #onthisday 1776. This atmospheric view of Stonehenge with a double rainbow overhead was painted in 1836 🌈🌈 Constable is known to have travelled to Stonehenge just once, in July 1820. While there he completed a sketch of the ancient stones that would eventually become a finished watercolour. As he grew older, the artist became increasingly inspired by the wonders of history – he called Stonehenge ‘the mysterious monument’. #otd #Constable #JohnConstable #landscape #watercolour #Stonehenge #ancient #painting #painter #art #artist #rainbow #doublerainbow ...more
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This photo shows the front of the Museum in the 1940s. If you look closely you can see evidence of damage from air raids during the Second World War – there is a lamppost missing on the right lawn and the paving in the centre is badly damaged. In total six bombs fell on the Museum during the Blitz. The final bomb to hit the Museum on 10 May 1941 caused some serious damage and the resulting fire destroyed 250,000 books. To protect the Museum’s collection, objects had been evacuated to locations around the country, including Aldwych Tube station in London and Aberystwyth Quarry in Wales. Some shrapnel damage is still visible today along the inside of the front railings. #BritishMuseum #photography #SecondWorldWar #WWII #WorldWarTwo #Blitz #history #LondonHistory #London #UK ...more
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📸Before the invention of colour photography, black and white photos were often hand-coloured to give a more realistic impression. Dyes, paints, crayons and pastels were all used to add colour to images. This photo was used on a postcard from around 1906. The huge trees that now line Great Russell Street were just tiny saplings when this photograph was taken! #BritishMuseum #20thCentury #London #UK #musueum #photography #blackandwhite ...more
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We’re celebrating our 265th birthday! The British Museum Act was given royal assent #onthisday in 1753, creating the first national public museum in the world! 🏛📜👑🎉 The Museum opened its doors to the public in 1759, and has remained free to ‘all studious and curious persons’ ever since. The collection has grown from around 71,000 objects to over 8 million! This photo was taken in the 1880s. What’s your favourite object or gallery in the Museum? Let us know!👇 #BritishMuseum #London #UK #museum #birthday #royal #history ...more
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Here’s a brilliant black and white shot of the Great Court taken by @csaroldi_in_analogue. The space was designed by @fosterandpartners and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2000. The curving roof stands 26.3 metres above the floor at its highest point – that’s nearly as tall as six double-decker buses! Share your photos of the Museum with us by tagging the location. #BritishMuseum #GreatCourt #London #UK #architecture #FosterAndPartners ...more
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The south staircase provides a grand gateway to the upper floors of the Museum, largely unchanged since it was designed in the 1840s! This photo by @clickatlas highlights Sydney Smirke’s symmetrical design scheme that was inspired by ancient Greek art. In the centre is a statue known as a ‘caryatid’ – a female figure designed to be a structural support like a column. This example was made in Rome in the 2nd century AD. You can share your photos with us by tagging the location – we love seeing them! #BritishMuseum #neoclassical #architecture #Roman #Rome #London #history ...more
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Whether they’re analogue or digital, we love seeing your photographs of the Museum! Here’s a super #35mm film photo of the Great Court taken by @eliseiit. The Museum has been photographed since the invention of the medium in the mid-19th century – pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot captured the old building in an early photograph known as a ‘calotype’ around 1843. The name calotype is thought to come from the Greek ‘kalos’ (beautiful) and ‘topus’ (impression). Share your snaps with us by tagging the location! #photography #filmphotography #analogue #digital #photo #London #BritishMuseum ...more
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