Houston Museum of Natural Science

Maya 2012 and Gems of the Medici Exhibit

 

Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History

 

Maya 2012 presents the story of the real Maya which spans over three millennia. Topics include the evolution of kingship, the development of writing and math, astronomy and timekeeping. Information on the latest discoveries, such as a mural showing calendrical computations of a Maya priest, and the uncovering of a second inscription marking the December 21, 2012 date are included. Come visit and find an answer to the question: "What will happen on December 21, 2012?"

 

Organized by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museo Nacional de Arqueología y Etnología, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Generously sponsored by The Kislak Family Foundation.

 

Gems of the Medici

 

In the mid-1400s, many celebrated artists, goldsmiths, silversmiths and engravers were attracted by the abundance of wealth in the city of Florence, but the most important factor in this gathering of talent was the presence of the Medici family. For almost three hundred years, generation after generation of Medici dominated city affairs and steered the course of art history. It was the Medici family who funded the workshops of these artists and artisans, who commissioned and collected the masterpieces of art and antiquity. From founding father to the last Grand Duke, the immense power and wealth of this great dynasty was invested in its legendary collections, of which the collection renowned as the Gems of the Medici is perhaps the finest in the world. Gems of the Medici, a world-premiere exhibition, highlights some of the oldest and most unique pieces of the Medici collections including antiquities dating from the 1st Century BCE as well as a cornelian which was part of the Seal of Nero.

 

Organized by Contemporanea Progetti, Florence, Italy in collaboration with Museo degli Argenti, Palazzo Pitti and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale Firenze.

 

 

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