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Monday, March 12, 2012

Sculpture and Romanesque Sculpture

These small Medieval ivory chess pieces from the Isle of Lewis are amazing sculpture.
Radically stylized, fiercely emotive, and at a safe remove of 900 years, they're pretty funny too.

There's a lot to learn from them, regardless of what kind of art you make.


On loan from the British Museum to the Met, the show is called “The Game of Kings: Medieval Ivory Chessmen From the Isle of Lewis,”    It's presented in the perfect setting of the Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s citadel for medieval art.

Romance, a lap dog, and a game of chess?

Carved from walrus ivory.
The Game of Kings exhibition is up until the 22 of April 2012. It includes other chess pieces — Islamic and medieval — and carved bone objects from the Met’s collection.

1 comment:

Sherrie Y said...

Oh my. I LOVE these little guys. I think I covet them.