December 7, 2015 |
Once again, it's that time of year when merry gentlemen and ladies go looking for books to give to friends and family. Real books. Beautiful books. Books you put on display, not away. Among the best this year is a comprehensive look at American still-life painting. Another reveals how Dutch painting in its heyday helped distinguish high from low in Dutch society. There's a book about the most-photographed 19th-century American and another about a well-traveled sphinx. There are books on the beauty of dragonflies, flowers, and even New Jersey, and much more.
October 17, 2013 |
When the University of Pennsylvania's 15-ton stone sphinx was brought to Philadelphia from the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, its much-anticipated delivery was delayed by, among other things, the 1913 World Series. "Once it arrived in Philadelphia, because the World Series had started, they couldn't get dock workers to unload it," said Alessandro Pezzati, archivist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the sphinx's home for the last century.
December 3, 2012 |
It's all about the story. Each item in the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology - each statue, pitcher, mummy, mosaic, and sphinx - comes with one. The story of how it got here - "you won't find a museum comparable to it anywhere," in the words of new director Julian Siggers. The story of how it was found. "Much of the time, you're digging in the wrong place," says C. Brian Rose, curator of the Mediterranean section and a man who has done his share of digging. "When you find the right place, it's exciting.
June 4, 2009 |
It won't be at all surprising if the Bruce Nauman show assembled at the Venice Biennale by the Philadelphia Museum of Art moves art critics to high praise. But back in the 1960s, Nauman shook up another kind of critic. While a student at the University of California, Davis, he made a work of four square pieces of latex rubber and cheesecloth. Its moment of creation would occur when it was tossed into a corner. The fire marshal, tipped off about flammable materials in the wooden studios, showed up with a photographer to document the event as evidence of unsafe practices.
March 23, 2009 |
Look, up by the world's third-largest known sphinx: It's a 6-year-old from New Jersey! It's Batman! No, it's a 6-year-old from New Jersey dressed as Batman! "They're just costumes," said Owen Riley of Riverton, on this day better known as the Caped Crusader. "We've got lots of them at home. " It's exactly that kind of modesty that makes a hero super. Miniature avengers swarmed the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology yesterday to attend its Superhero Day. The festivities were the museum's contribution to the Penn Libraries' yearlong "POW: Comics, Animation, and Graphic Novels" program.
August 13, 2007 |
It's one thing to hear about Africa, but it is very different to go there and experience a totally different culture. Seeing all of these wonderful places and landmarks is so much better than hearing about them. When I saw the Pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt, I was in awe. It made me proud to know that my ancestors built these incredible monuments that have lasted for more than 4,000 years. I also rode a camel, visited carpet- makers and perfume shops, and dined at a number of unusual restaurants.
August 2, 2007 |
On Sunday, the d'Zert Club traveled to see the Sphinx and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid, the largest of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau, just outside Cairo. The Great Pyramid was built as a tomb by the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu of the Fourth Dynasty, about 2560 BC. The pyramids, or "merkuti" as they are called in the ancient language of the Kemetans, are even more majestic and awe-inspiring when one is standing in their presence. When I first saw the pyramids, I couldn't believe that these great shrines to the kings who built them have survived for 4,000 years.
November 6, 2006 |
Jacqueline Eastridge did it. The 46-year-old paralegal for a Center City law firm has completed a 150-mile, six-day race through Egypt's Sahara desert. RacingThePlanet, the sponsor of the ultra-challenge, said yesterday that when Eastridge crossed the finish line at the Sphinx on Saturday, she was 42d out of 55 runners still in the competition and ninth out of the 13 remaining women. Before leaving Philadelphia, Eastridge, who was using the challenge to raise money for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, said her goal was not to place high, but to finish.
August 11, 2005 |
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is facing a predicament. Or is that the University Museum? Or the University of Pennsylvania Museum? Or the Penn Museum? Or the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology? Or that funky museum with the 12-ton sphinx and Egyptian mummies across the river? Whatever you call it, the museum finds itself with too many names, a logo most people don't get, and no image that captures what it is. So it has set out to find one nickname, one brand, one logo, one captivating personality.
August 11, 2002 |
There may be no other place where you can eat in a garage and sleep with two 800-pound lions - and like it. Just an hour and a half south of Norfolk, Va., this onetime capital of North Carolina is a quiet village easily reached by travelers heading to the Outer Banks from Norfolk, Richmond or Washington, D.C. It's also less than two hours from Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers made the world's first airplane flight. Kramer's Garage, which serviced classy cars here in the 1920s, switched to serving discriminating diners years ago, but it hasn't lost its motorcar flavor.