Genoese Medicine Chest, 1562-1566
This magnificent and unique medicine chest was made for Vincenzo Giustiniani (d. 1570), the last Genoese governor of the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea. He ruled Chios from 1562 until the Turks expelled the Genoese in 1566 after an occupation of some two hundred years. On a box from the middle drawer is painted the symbol of Chios – a black eagle above a three-towered castle. The chest contains 126 bottles and pots for drugs, some of which still have their original contents. These include rhubarb powder, ointment for worms, juniper water and mustard oil. The chest measures nearly a metre long. The painting on the inside of the lid is a later addition. It remained in the Giustiniani family until it was bought by Henry Wellcome in 1924
The truth is, regardless of what the science says about weight and health, the moral argument will always stand: fat people exist, they are in the world, and if human history is any example, they will continue to exist — and therefore, they must be afforded the same rights, access, and dignity that other human beings enjoy. Regardless of their health.
Installations by Chiharu Shiota
The Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota makes installations made of threads that are reminiscent of cobwebs. Objects embedded in them or stacked on top of each other create a environment imbued with a strong emotional and poetic charge. A superb job to be discovered.
Let’s do some interpretive activity with this piece.
This is what depression looks like.
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1. shade; shadow; shadow; darkness; a dark area, especially the blackest part of a shadow from which all light is cut off.
2. the invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing.
3. Astronomy: a) the complete or perfect shadow of an opague body, as a planet, where the direct light from a source of illumination is completely cut off. Compare penumbra. b) the dark central portion of a sunspot.
4. a phantom or shadowy apparition, as of someone or something not physically present; ghost; spectral image.
Etymology: from Latin - shade, shadow.