Male | 21 | | Italy | Enjoy.
Gosia, Into the Red, I (sold) & II & III | polymer gypsum, 7 x 18 x 9”, wall mounted, 2013, images posted with permission of the artist.______
New outtakes from Harper’s Bazaar
A protective deity from Mesopotamian culture, the human headed, winged lion-esque creature guarded palace gates and was adopted as a royal kingly symbol by the Assyrians. I have been fortunate to visit three of the six museums which house these massive and awe-inspiring sculptures.
The first two pictures are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and were taken by my friend and I March 2013. They stood guard at the palace at Nimrud, built by Ashurnasirpal II in the 9th c BCE.
The third picture is from from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and was taken this summer 2013 by me. This winged creature stood guard at the palace of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad), the capital of Sargon II, built in the 8th c BCE.
The fourth picture, taken from Wikipedia, is also from this palace. These are housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. When I visited in 2003, I did not have a digital camera, and most of my photos were lost in a move.
Three other museums house such creatures: The British Museum, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. I hope one day to visit the rest of these museums. Maybe London and Berlin first…
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett to star H&M’s Holiday Campaign this winter.
Fashion retailer H&M has chosen Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga for its Christmas campaign, which will feature a track from the duo’s new album Cheek To Cheek, which will be released on September 23rd. The upcoming album is a collaboration between these two generation-spanning artists in celebration of jazz music.
The campaign will make its global TV debut end of November, with an extended version of the commercial available at hm.com. The campaign also includes ads featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, which will appear in print media, online as well as outdoor.