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Venus de Milo by Jim Down

Venus de Milo

The Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. It is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203cm high. The famous Venus statue is housed in the Louvre in France. Although the sculptor is unknown and the date of origin can only be estimated the second century B.C., it remains a masterpiece with few equals.

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Woodstock 1969 by Dimitris Katakalaios

Woodstock poster

Perhaps the most famous countercultural event in history, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair dropped 500,000 hippies, musicians, artists, dropouts and other curious folks on an old dairy farm a few hours north of New York City for three days (August 15, 16, & 17) of peace and music. The last bedraggled fan sloshed out of Max Yasgur's muddy pasture more than 25 years ago. That's when the debate began about Woodstock's historical significance. True believers still call Woodstock the capstone of an era devoted to human advancement. Cynics say it was a fitting, ridiculous end to an era of…

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Yungang Grottoes by Jim Down

Yungang Grottoes

The practice of carving rock temples dedicated to the Buddha originated in India. The practice came to China from the west, one of the earliest examples being at Dunhuang, Gansu Province, Mogao Grottoes. The caves stretch for almost 1 kilometer east to west and contain over 50,000 statues. 52 caves that still remain.

Most of the caves at Yungang were carved between 460 and 494 AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty under the supervision of a Buddhist monk named Tan Yao (T'an-yao). They appear to have been modeled after the caves at Dunhuang (Mogao Grottoes) started one…

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Zhang Yimou’s HERO by George Delis

Zhang Yimou finally fulfilled his promise, and the movie "HERO" is released. Zhang Yimou came out of woodwork in Hengdian of Province Zhejiang recently and talk about the movie. Sometime back, all kinds of news related to Hero were churned out endlessly. During its active production period, many media tried to visit the production, hoping to gain some information. However, Zhang Yimou issued a strict order preventing any of its crew and cast to say anything about Hero.

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