News stories from the past year that should have been front page:
1. A fully intact food stall was excavated in Pompeii:
Image: Luigi Spina/Parco Archeologico di Pompei
2. Germany is planning to return bronze sculptures, stolen by the British from the Kingdom of Benin, to their rightful home in Nigeria. I hope I live to see the day museums return all of their stolen art.
If you enjoyed the opening scene of Black Panther, read this: https://jhuexhibitionist.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/why-museum-professionals-need-to-talk-about-black-panther/
3. As if we needed more reasons to visit Rome, by 2023 the Colosseum will have a high-tech floor visitors can walk out on. It will reveal the gladiator/animal paths underneath.
We can go mask-free outside, but maybe not in a store. We can go out to dinner, but the waitstaff is masked. We attend zoom events, but we're sick of it. And some of us are watching American life going back to normal, but hearing of friends and relatives in India dying. The contrast is unnerving and disorienting, like feeling our way through the dark with our fingers crossed. If you are experiencing this, I am sending love.
So to close on a positive note, I’ve choses some art history memes (from @classicalcringe) appropriate for these times.
Pandemic fashion (sweats and leggings everyday):
Post-pandemic social skills:
And circling back to ancient history:
I hope this was good for a laugh!