Many museums around the world stay unique with the artefacts they possess. Some of the world’s historic museums have different types of exhibits from different ages on display. The museums in most of the major cities around the world attract travellers, especially those who have a great taste for art and culture. Every museum will have a particular artifact among their collection that makes it popular for, like the Louvre Museum in Paris, France which is known for Leonardo Da Vinci’s renowned painting Mona Lisa. Many of famous art museums in historic cities have all sorts of art, from sculptures to fabric art.
We have sorted out 10 significant artefacts that can be seen in most of the art museums in the world.
Ancient sculpture, from carving and modelling in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials, can be found in museums. The oldest of the sculptures that are found in prominent museums around the world will be of metal, stone or wood. These work of art are preserved through various restoration process by museum authorities as they represent the majority of the surviving artefacts from an ancient culture. Most of the museums keep sculptures enclosed in glass to prevent visitors from touching them.
- CERAMIC ART
Ceramic art, which is made from ceramic materials, especially clay, can be found in many prominent museums across the world. The most common ceramic art found in museums are artistic pottery, tiles, figurines and other sculpture is widely regarded as an archaeological visual arts form. Most of the notable ceramic artworks in museums across the world date back to ancient Chinese, Cretan, Greek, Persian, Mayan, Japanese, and Korean cultures, as well as the modern Western cultures.
Painting, dating back to centuries, can be seen in museums across the world. The pictures in a museum should be carefully observed as a straightforward subject that is easy to engage. The caption or description should be read after you see and understand the picture. Take enough time to explore the subject of the painting and try to define it in your own words. Most of the pictures kept in museums have a depth enough for you to immerse yourself in. The landscapes and subjects should be explored first as it will be relatively easy to engage with and go for complex subjects like abstract or conceptual art, once you feel comfortable.
This is one of the modern art forms that occupied museums across the world, and there are also museums exclusively for photography. Photographers can look at these photographs taken by accomplished photographers, who lived centuries ago in various parts of the world, to improve their work. Most of the museums preserve the legacy of socially and politically relevant historic and contemporary photographs. The photographs in the museums will be an attraction for visitors who are interested in architecture, history, or photography.
The printed artworks on various mediums that dates backs to centuries can be seen in museums all over the world. Some of the popular forms of ancient prints seen in major museums are woodcut print, engraved print, aquatint, dry-point print, lithographic print and mono-typing. The prints are carefully preserved by museums as they are considered as an “original” work of art.
Drawing, which is one of the oldest visual art forms, can be seen in museums in various mediums like paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, leather and canvas and with materials like graphite pencils, pen and ink, various kinds of paints, inked brushes, coloured pencils, crayons, charcoal, pastels, styluses, and metals. Considering the fragile nature and susceptibility to fading of ancient works by renowned artists, some of the most visited museums in the world exhibit the drawings short periods under carefully controlled, low-lighting conditions.
Crafts which is a pastime or a profession that requires particular skills and knowledge of skilled work is preserved from past and exhibited by popular art museums around the world. Many of the specialized crafts from the ancient times exhibited in museums had high value. Craftsmaking, especially in areas such as pottery, woodworking, and the various stages of textile production, was one of the privileged jobs in societal hierarchy. There are exclusive crafts museums around the world that are run by governments of different countries for promoting crafts as a cultural masterpiece.
- TEXTILE ARTS
There is a prominent place given for textile arts in most of the museums as it boasts the ancient civilization of a culture. The textile arts exhibited in museums are mostly of decorative objects on plant or animal fibre. Many of the popular museums are testimonies for the history of international textile trade through the Silk Route which brought Chinese silk to India, Africa, and Europe. There are also exclusive textile art museums that exhibit the textiles made by local communities as well as traditional costumes and accessories.
- METAL JEWELLERY AND PRECIOUS STONES
Many museums have a precious collection of jewellery that was possessed by emperors and queens of ancient dynasties. These metal masterpieces hold the cultural history that goes back many years, with its uses varying among cultures. The long-enduring jewellery and stones exhibited in some of the well-known museums date back to thousands of years and hint us on ancient history and cultures.
The architecture of the museum itself is an artefact that has been of increasing importance across the world. The museum architecture is designed in a way to protect the collection in it as well as to give access to the public. The museums in every place have much to say about its culture and heritage and it attracts most of the travellers.
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