Artists’ Responses to the World’s First Modern War
November 11 marked 100 years since the end of World War I. Artists and intellectuals, many of whom experienced combat firsthand, responded in myriad, often contradictory ways to the world’s first modern war. Students can learn more in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2017 publication World War I and the Visual Arts, available to read online or download (PDF) free of charge. The various sentiments the war provoked—from initial enthusiasm and hope for spiritual salvation, to shock and horror at the brutality of the fighting, to deep mourning and regret—are all present in the art of the period.
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Harvard University’s Digital Giza Project allows scholars to virtually walk through archaeological sites and examine artifacts that might otherwise be inaccessible. The Giza Project began in 2000 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the goal of digitizing all of the archaeological documentation from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston–Harvard University expedition to Giza, Egypt (c. 1904–1947) and making that information freely available online for anyone to use.
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