Ancient Worlds, Ancient Art Podcast

Ancient Worlds is the audio series of the Ancient Art Podcast where we choose a single work of art as a launchpad for inspiration. Here we unpack the stories, history, myths, and culture from antiquity through a modern lens and with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Ancient Art Podcast explores the art and culture of the Ancient Mediterranean World with host Lucas Livingston. Uncover the truths and unravel the mysteries of the civilizations that shaped our modern world. Each episode features detailed examinations of exemplary works from the Art Institute of Chicago and other notable collections in addition to broad themes and concepts of Ancient Mediterranean art and culture.

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Ancient Worlds is the audio series of the Ancient Art Podcast where we choose a single work of art as a launchpad for inspiration. Here we unpack the stories, history, myths, and culture from antiquity through a modern lens and with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Ancient Art Podcast explores the art and culture of the Ancient Mediterranean World with host Lucas Livingston. Uncover the truths and unravel the mysteries of the civilizations that shaped our modern world. Each episode features detailed examinations of exemplary works from the Art Institute of Chicago and other notable collections in addition to broad themes and concepts of Ancient Mediterranean art and culture.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-01-30 22:02
last episode published
2019-01-30 15:17
publication frequency
27.75 days
Contributors
Lucas Livingston owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
163
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Society & Culture History Visual Arts Arts

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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
30.01.2019

Japanese Ukiyo-e Pictures of the Floating World (91)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/91 In this excerpt from my lecture on the Art Institute's recent special exhibition Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection, I set the stage for what was Japan's Floating World cultur...
Lucas Livingston author
19.07.2018

Dionysus and the Pirates, the Dionysus Cup by Exekias (90)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/90 In yet another nod to alcoholic inebriation's polymorphic magical potency, we encounter one of my favorite tales of the god of wine, ecstasy, reverie, and madness ... Dionysus. Here we learn the tale of Dionysus versu...
18.07.2018

Dionysus and the Pirates, the Dionysus Cup by Exekias (90)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/90 In yet another nod to alcoholic inebriation's polymorphic magical potency, we encounter one of my favorite tales of the god of wine, ecstasy, reverie, and madness ... Dionysus. Here we learn the tale of Dionysus versu...
14.01.2018

Adventures of Ulysses in an Italian Renaissance Hope Chest (89)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/89 In this excerpt from a recent tour, I explore some of the highlights from Homer's Odyssey in a 15th century Florentine painting and learn a little about Italian Renaissance marriage and fidelity. Names and terms dropp...
Lucas Livingston author
22.12.2017

Tibetan Mandalas (88)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/88 In this short excerpt from my lecture on Tibetan Buddhist art, we skim the surface of the spiritual meaning, function, and structure of Tibetan mandalas. For images of the featured works of art, visit http://ancienta...
Lucas Livingston author
17.11.2017

Circe and Witchcraft in Ancient Greece (87)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/87 This is a short excerpt from my lecture "Things That Go Bump: A Visual Survey of Witches, Demons, and Ghosts." Herein we explore the ancient Greek tradition of witchcraft and metamorphosis in two images — one ancient ...
Lucas Livingston author
1.11.2017

Goya's Caprices and the Wicked Witch of the West (86)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/86 Happy Halloween! In this very brief excerpt from my lecture "Things That Go Bump: A Visual Survey of Witches, Demons, and Ghosts," we introduce Goya's 1797/99 published volume The Caprices (Los Caprichos). This tome o...
Lucas Livingston author
25.10.2017

Odysseus Journeys to the Underworld (85)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/85 A very brief excerpt from my lecture "Things That Go Bump: A Visual Survey of Witches, Demons, and Ghosts!" Odysseus Journeys to the Underworld and holds a seance with the souls of Hades through necromantic blood magi...
Lucas Livingston author
16.09.2017

Birth of Dionysus (84)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/84 Diving head first into the many myths of the celebrated god of wine, ecstasy, theater, and madness, episode 84 of the Ancient Art Podcast's Ancient Worlds series explores The Birth of Dionysus. Drawing inspiration fro...
Lucas Livingston author
17.08.2017

Dragons and Tigers (83)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/83 In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, we walk through two starkly contrasting Japanese folding screens celebrating the time-honored, iconic subjects of dragons and tigers with exceptional energy and dynamism. ...
Lucas Livingston author
13.07.2017

Medicine Buddha Bhaishajyaguru - Meaningful Materials (82)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/82 How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful material of the semi-precious b...
Lucas Livingston author
30.06.2017

Chinese Jade - Meaningful Materials (81)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/81 How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful material of Chinese jade — its ...
Lucas Livingston author
8.06.2017

Incan Gold and Chicha Beer - Meaningful Materials (80)

http://ancientartpodcast.org/80How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful material of gold in Incan art and c...
Lucas Livingston author
19.05.2017

Boli Ritual Object - Meaningful Materials (79)

ancientartpodcast.org/79How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful materials in a Boli Ritual Object of the B...
Lucas Livingston author
14.05.2017

African Nkisi Nkondi Power Figure - Meaningful Materials (77)

ancientartpodcast.org/78How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful materials in a Nkisi Nkondi Power Figure o...
Lucas Livingston author
5.05.2017

African Congo Kuba Mukenga Mask - Meaningful Materials (77)

ancientartpodcast.org/77How do artists' choices of materials assign identity and meaning to works of art? How does meaning assign material? In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I explore the meaningful materials in an African Congolese ceremoni...
Lucas Livingston author
22.04.2017

Black Figure vs Red Figure Ancient Greek Vase Painting Techniques (76)

ancientartpodcast.org/76In this excerpt from one of my museum tours, I discuss the techniques of Greek vase painting and the differences between the black-figure and red-figure styles. We also dip a toe into some Greek history, talk about the names of ...
Lucas Livingston author
15.04.2017

Chinese Tang Funerary Figurines - Coloring the Past (75)

ancientartpodcast.org/75Why are the heads, crowns, and hands of magnificent Tang Dynasty Chinese tomb figurines so startlingly bare compared to their brilliantly colored bodies? This is an excerpt from my gallery talk "Coloring the Past" in the Art Ins...
29.03.2017

Etruscan Gigantomachy, Gods vs Giants - Coloring the Past (74)

ancientartpodcast.org/74We examine the use of color in ancient art to designate role, status, nature, and more, and discuss causes for the disappearance of polychromy in ancient art. Side note: Why does the Egyptian God Osiris sometimes appear with bla...
29.03.2017

Zeuxis and Parrhasius, Pliny the Elder, Roman Painting - Coloring the Past (73)

ancientartpodcast.org/73Pliny the Elder shares with us the tale of dueling artists Zeuxis and Parrhasius as they battled for the title of who could paint a more beguilingly realistic trompe-l'oeil ("fools the eye") masterpiece. We also hear another sho...
24.03.2017

Tinted Venus - Painted Aphrodite - Coloring the Past (72)

ancientartpodcast.org/72Many sculptural works from the ancient world were once beautifully colored. This is an excerpt of my gallery talk "Coloring the Past" in the Art Institute of Chicago from March 9, 2017. Here we discuss the original polychromy of...
17.03.2017

Cycladic Female Figure - Coloring the Past (71)

ancientartpodcast.org/71Many sculptural works from the ancient world were once beautifully colored. This is an excerpt of my gallery talk "Coloring the Past" in the Art Institute of Chicago from March 9, 2017. Here we explore the use of color on a Cycl...
3.12.2016

70: Drinking along the Silk Road: Wine in China

ancientartpodcast.org/70We dig up the dirt on vines and wines in China's Tang dynasty and beyond, explore the wares of our Central Asian caravan, marvel at the magnificent horses of the Fergana Valley, and sip the delicious nectar from the Grape Valley...
Lucas Livingston author
19.09.2016

69: On Ramp to the Silk Road

ancientartpodcast.org/69In this episode, we trek along the dusty trails of the famed Silk Road. We meet some of the people traipsing this network, hitch a ride on a merchant's camel, pass by some pilgrims, and meet a young religious faith called Buddhi...
Lucas Livingston author
11.09.2016

Ten Years of the Ancient Art Podcast

Hey folks! This is Lucas Livingston from the Ancient Art Podcast, serving up hot meals of antiquity since 2006 with a healthy side of smack! Yeah, that's right. 10 years. A good decade now. Going way back to when smartphones were still cool and your fr...
Lucas Livingston author
17.06.2016

68 (HD): Buddha and Hercules Walk into a Bar

Last time in episode 67 we learned all about a Buddhist relief carving in the Art Institute of Chicago. We met two Buddhas — one legendary and one historical — Dipankara and Shakyamuni. Now the promised bombshell. The reason you all came back. This mus...
Lucas Livingston author
17.06.2016

67 (iPod): Buddha's Past Lives – Dipankara and Shakyamuni

Two tales from the many lives of Buddha. The top scene depicts Buddha Shakyamuni meditating in the Indrashala cave awaiting his rebirth on Earth. The bottom scene shows Buddha Dipankara meeting the hermit Sumedha. Among other Gandharan works of art, th...
Lucas Livingston author
13.04.2016

67 (HD): Buddha's Past Lives – Dipankara and Shakyamuni

Two tales from the many lives of Buddha. The top scene depicts Buddha Shakyamuni meditating in the Indrashala cave awaiting his rebirth on Earth. The bottom scene shows Buddha Dipankara meeting the hermit Sumedha. Among other Gandharan works of art, th...
Lucas Livingston author
11.04.2016

66 (iPod): Star Wars and Stupas

Episode 66 of the Ancient Art Podcast picks up where we left off in episode 65 with the Gandharan Stupa Reliquary in the Art Institute of Chicago. We briefly touch on some commonalities between Buddhism and Star Wars. We also learn more about the histo...
Lucas Livingston author
11.02.2016

66 (HD): Star Wars and Stupas

Episode 66 of the Ancient Art Podcast picks up where we left off in episode 65 with the Gandharan Stupa Reliquary in the Art Institute of Chicago. We briefly touch on some commonalities between Buddhism and Star Wars. We also learn more about the histo...
Lucas Livingston author
19.01.2016

65 (iPod): Gandharan Stupa Reliquary

Episode 65 of the Ancient Art Podcast explores a Gandharan Stupa Reliquary in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The subdued appearance of this small reliquary belies its cultural and aesthetic significance at the crossroads of East and We...
Lucas Livingston author
19.01.2016

65 (HD): Gandharan Stupa Reliquary

Episode 65 of the Ancient Art Podcast explores a Gandharan Stupa Reliquary in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. The subdued appearance of this small reliquary belies its cultural and aesthetic significance at the crossroads of East and We...
Lucas Livingston author
27.10.2015

63 (iPod): Dogs in Antiquity: Greece and Rome

In my third installment of a three-part series on dogs in antiquity, we're back in our familiar stomping ground of the Classical World to consider the roles of dogs in ancient Greece and Rome. Ancient writings give us the names of prized breeds in anti...
Lucas Livingston author
26.10.2015

63 (HD): Dogs in Antiquity: Greece and Rome

In my third installment of a three-part series on dogs in antiquity, we're back in our familiar stomping ground of the Classical World to consider the roles of dogs in ancient Greece and Rome. Ancient writings give us the names of prized breeds in anti...
Lucas Livingston author
21.07.2015

62 (iPod): Dogs in Antiquity: China

Last time in our three-part series on dogs in antiquity, we explored the ancient hairless breeds of the New World and had a look at the popular ceramic funerary effigy of the Colima dog from a couple thousand years ago. We were also introduced to a you...
Lucas Livingston author
21.07.2015

62 (HD): Dogs in Antiquity: China

Last time in our three-part series on dogs in antiquity, we explored the ancient hairless breeds of the New World and had a look at the popular ceramic funerary effigy of the Colima dog from a couple thousand years ago. We were also introduced to a you...
Lucas Livingston author
18.12.2014

64 (iPod): Striding Horned Wild Man

Just in time for Christmas, episode 64 of the Ancient Art Podcast spins a Yuletide yarn. All decked out for the holidays, this amazing, little, elvish sprite weaves us up a tall mountain pass on an enchanting journey through antiquity. The 5,000 year o...
Lucas Livingston author
16.12.2014

64 (HD): Striding Horned Wild Man

Just in time for Christmas, episode 64 of the Ancient Art Podcast spins a Yuletide yarn. All decked out for the holidays, this amazing, little, elvish sprite weaves us up a tall mountain pass on an enchanting journey through antiquity. The 5,000 year o...
Lucas Livingston author
13.12.2014

61 (iPod): Dogs in Antiquity: Xoloitzcuintli& Colima

Dig in to this feast for the eyes as we discuss the role of dogs in ancient Mesoamerican civilization and art. This is our first in a three-part series on dogs in antiquity. This episodes serves up one of the most popular examples of canines in art, th...
Lucas Livingston author
16.05.2014

61 (HD): Dogs in Antiquity: Xoloitzcuintli& Colima

Dig in to this feast for the eyes as we discuss the role of dogs in ancient Mesoamerican civilization and art. This is our first in a three-part series on dogs in antiquity. This episodes serves up one of the most popular examples of canines in art, th...
Lucas Livingston author
12.03.2014

60 (iPod): Comets& Antiquity, Halley's Comet, ISON, Apophis, and More

It's a cosmic collision of contemporary and antiquity on the Ancient Art Podcast! The prophesied comet of the century, Comet ISON, may have bit the dust, but that's no reason to pile dirt on our exploration of comets of past and present in the world of...
Lucas Livingston author
18.02.2014

60 (HD): Comets& Antiquity, Halley's Comet, ISON, Apophis, and More

It's a cosmic collision of contemporary and antiquity on the Ancient Art Podcast! The prophesied comet of the century, Comet ISON, may have bit the dust, but that's no reason to pile dirt on our exploration of comets of past and present in the world of...
Lucas Livingston author
5.11.2013

59 (iPod): A Witches' Sabbath

Greetings gashlycrumbs! Enjoy this spooktacular free Halloween segment of the Ancient Art Podcast episode 59, "A Witches' Sabbath!" Meet the wicked witches, devilish denizens, and things that go bump in the night in the Art Institute of Chicago's paint...
Lucas Livingston author
31.10.2013

59 (HD): A Witches' Sabbath

Greetings gashlycrumbs! Enjoy this spooktacular free Halloween segment of the Ancient Art Podcast episode 59, "A Witches' Sabbath!" Meet the wicked witches, devilish denizens, and things that go bump in the night in the Art Institute of Chicago's paint...
Lucas Livingston author
4.08.2013

Curious

A short announcement about some changes to the Ancient Art Podcast. The Ancient Art Podcast and Curious.com have teamed up to host episodes of the podcast at Curious.com. Episodes now include quizzes, handouts, discussions, and more. Visithttp://ancien...
Lucas Livingston author
20.07.2013

58 (iPod): Lycurgus Cup

Raise your glass to the most incredible chalice from antiquity. The Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum is truly exceptional for its exquisite beauty, delicate craftsmanship, magnificent detail, and a seemingly magical ability to transform colors before...
Lucas Livingston author
18.07.2013

58 (HD): Lycurgus Cup

Raise your glass to the most incredible chalice from antiquity. The Lycurgus Cup in the British Museum is truly exceptional for its exquisite beauty, delicate craftsmanship, magnificent detail, and a seemingly magical ability to transform colors before...
Lucas Livingston author
2.05.2013

57 (iPod): Medusa Up Close and Personal

Episode 57 of the Ancient Art Podcast builds on what we learned in episode 53 about the mythology and artistry of the creepy creature of chaos, the Gorgon Medusa. This episode delves deeper into her primal lair. We confront her petrifying gaze while cl...
Lucas Livingston author
30.04.2013

57 (HD): Medusa Up Close and Personal

Episode 57 of the Ancient Art Podcast builds on what we learned in episode 53 about the mythology and artistry of the creepy creature of chaos, the Gorgon Medusa. This episode delves deeper into her primal lair. We confront her petrifying gaze while cl...
Lucas Livingston author
28.03.2013

56 (iPod): Build a Beer: Krampuslauf, Ein Holiday Ale mit Horns

In the epic journey of homebrewing, episode 56 of the Ancient Art Podcast takes you behind the scenes in "Build a Beer: Krampuslauf, Ein Holiday Ale mit Horns." From high in the snow-capped Alpine peaks comes a powerfully spiced beer brewed in the trad...
Lucas Livingston author