James Barry (1741-1806)
“Jupiter Beguiled by Juno on Mount Ida” (1799)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Museums Sheffield, Sheffield, England
This painting depicts the Roman gods Jupiter and Juno amongst the clouds with Jupiter’s eagle behind them in the sky. Juno had planned to woo and marry Jupiter so that she could assist in the Greek siege of Troy. If she could lull Jupiter to sleep, the Greeks would be able to attack without his interference. This painting shows the moment that Juno begins to entice the god. Her slightly higher positioning in the composition indicates her ultimate victory.
James Barry was an important Irish painter of historical and mythological scenes. This was one of his last major works.
Officer’s Helmet of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons dated around 1840 on display at the National Army Museum in London
This regiments long garrison service finally came to an end when it was sent to the Crimea in 1854, losing all its horses en route in a fire on board its troop ship ‘Europa’, but still managing to take part in the charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaklava in October 1854.The Heavy Brigade’s charge was an event that has been overshadowed by the doomed charge of the Light Brigade.
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“The Irish elk (Megaloceros giganteus) is an extinct species of deer in the genus Megaloceros and is one of the largest deer that ever lived. Its range extended across Eurasia, from Ireland to northern Asia and Africa. A related form is recorded from China during the Late Pleistocene. The most recent remains of the species have been carbon dated to about 7,700 years ago in Siberia. […] The Irish Elk stood about 2.1 metres (6.9 ft) tall at the shoulders carrying the largest antlers of any known cervid (a maximum of 3.65 m (12.0 ft) from tip to tip and weighing up to 40 kg (88 lb)). In body size, the Irish Elk matched the extant moose subspecies of Alaska (Alces alces gigas) as the largest known deer. The Irish Elk is estimated to have attained a total mass of 540–600 kg (1,190–1,320 lb), with large specimens having weighed 700 kg (1,500 lb) or more, roughly similar to the Alaskan Moose. A significant collection of M. giganteus skeletons can be found at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.”
Photo taken by me, in the Natural History Museum of Dublin, summer of 2013.
I would like to donate my body to you at the Field Museum. Ask me anything about my history if you need. Please tell me what I need to do so it can be shipped there upon my death - if you accept my offer.
You know I get this question sort of frequently, and while I’ve sort of brushed it off I really can’t say with 100% certainty that we wouldn’t take it. At this time I do not believe we have an anthropology curator interested in studying human biomechanics or forensics, but let me ask and I’ll get back to you.
This reminds me of a story about a guy named Grover Krantz (1931 - 2002), an anthropology professor at Washington State University, and a Bigfoot academic (he made many educated, researched claims in support of its existence). His brother Victor was a photographer at the Smithsonian NMNH, so Grover got to know quite a few staff there over the years. When Grover was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he asked if he could donate his body to their collections under the condition that the skeletons of his three (or four) previous Irish wolfhounds could go with him. Once he died his body was processed at the U. of Tennessee body farm, and later all skeletal remains went to the Smithsonian comparative human anatomy collections. His skeleton - and that of his wolfhound, Clyde - were articulated and put on display for a temporary exhibit about forensic science that I had the chance to see back in 2011.