March 4, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Various Works from the Mosul Museum

Location: Mosul Museum, Mosul, Iraq

Here are a variety of works recently damaged or destroyed by the Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq.  I am trying to find "before and after" images of the same works, but this is difficult as many of these works look similar and the Mosul Museum does not appear to have a website.  If you can offer help in this regard, please feel free to do so in the comments.  Additionally, many of these works have been damaged over the centuries, so I can't assume every imperfection was caused by ISIS.

Works Destroyed/Damaged by ISIS:

March 3, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Drawings, Watercolors by Khair Mohammed Khan Yari and other

Nationality: Afghani

Born-Died: 1748-1825
Creation Date: Presumably 20th century
Media: Watercolor(?) and other(?)
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

I found these images here, which is a brief article about an extremely fascinating and amazing story where a man named Dr. Mohammed Yusuf Asefi preserved "forbidden" artworks from the Taliban by painting over them with watercolor.  The pieces shown below were not so lucky, unfortunately.

Artworks Damaged Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians extremists Taliban Khair Mohammed Khan Yari

February 28, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Great and Minor Buddhas of Bamiyan

Nationality: Persian
Born-Died: 1748-1825
   Minor: 121 feet
   Great: 180 feet 
Creation Date:  
   Minor: 507 AD
   Great: 554 AD
Media: Sandstone, Mud, Straw, Stucco
Location: Bamiyan province, Afghanistan

"Great" Buddha Before:

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Great and Minor Buddhas of Bamiyan

February 27, 2015

Artworks Damaged/Destroyed by Islamic Totalitarians: Nergal Gate at Ninevah

Nationality: Mesopotamian
Creation Date: c. 700 BC
Media: Granite
Location: Nineveh, Iraq

This sculpture was named after Nergal, an ancient Mesopotamian deity.  It was intended to be a protective figure.  More information about this type of human/animal sculpture can be found here

In February of 2015 ISIS attempted to deface/vandalize/destroy this huge granite sculpture.  This piece was not in great shape before 2015, but you can see that the are behind the figure's head has been removed.

Nergal Gate Ninevah Lamassu one objectivist's art object of the day art destroyed by islamic totalitarians extremists ISIS

August 8, 2012

Gustav Igler's "The Newborn"

Nationality: German
Born-Died: 1842-1908
Size: 29.33 × 34.6 in. (74.5 × 88 cm)
Creation Date: 1872
Media: Oil on canvas 
Location: Private collection

I don't recall ever seeing it before but it was in my files so I must have seen it.  When I saw it this morning, I though, "Wow, that's beautiful."  I was really struck by the color, the value contrast (meaning light and dark, not philosophical values), the gestures of the figures and the overall arrangement of the shapes.  Then, I started noticing the various narrative elements such as the cat NOT playing with the ball of string and instead staring at the boy drinking milk.  The little girl is lovingly gazing into the face of her new sibling and it seems as if the maid(?) is trying to return the child to the mother.  However, the mother isn't looking so good--she is quite shadowy.  The more I look at this image, the more questions I have.  What is the significance, if any, of the clock's time?  What is the basket above the bed?  Is the mother going to die?  I'm going to look at it a while longer.