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Monday, June 27, 2005

Timelines are fascinating!

 
I find the idea compelling that a timeline can capture a period, almost like a snapshot, and allow you to turn it over and over and examine it. We can lose context so easily when we study history, and a timeline makes it easier to understand where each bit of information fits in. I think that's why they always draw me in, no matter what the subject.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's website includes an interactive Timeline of Art History. It's worth taking a look at, if you're at all interested in this sort of thing. You can search by artist, time period, art style, or area of the world.

I grabbed some pictures from the website to compare what people all over the world were doing right around when time cranked from B.C. to A.D. Check it out!

North America:
N. America Human Figure, 2nd century B.C.–1st century A.D.

Mexico:
Mexico Figure Vessel, 3rd–1st century B.C.

South America:
Peru Ornamental plume or pin, 2nd century B.C.–2nd century A.D.

Europe:
Balkan Peninsula Statue of Eros sleeping, 3rd–2nd century B.C.; Hellenistic

Egypt:
Egypt Head attributed to Arsinoe II, Ptolemaic Period, reign of Arsinoe II, ca. 278–270 B.C.

South Asia:
South Asia Plaque with the goddess Durga and attendants, Shunga period (ca. 2nd–1st century B.C.), 1st century B.C.

Japan:
Japan Storage jar, Yayoi period (ca. 4th century B.C.–3rd century A.D.)

There is a LOT more information there to look at, go see for yourself! There's even a whole section on Pablo Picasso!

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Comments:
So cool!
 
Very cool! I love museums.
 
Thank you for sharing! We have a homeschool blogging site at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com if you'd like to come by and see! There are many 'experts' in the field blogging there too, stop in for a visit!

Anissa
 
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