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Book Review - Greek Art

by Erin on December 14, 2013

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I adore books. That’s one of the reasons I have an entire section devoted to books and book reviews here at the site. And I feel fortunate to have acquired a modest collection of books about art and mythology over the years. I guess it’s [...]

Art - Jupiter and Semele by Moreau

by Erin on September 21, 2012

Today, I thought I would explore another work of art here at Mythography. Called Jupiter and Semele, the painting was created in the Nineteenth century by French artist Gustave Moreau. Let’s take a look.
As the title of this painting indicates, two figures are represented : Jupiter and Semele. But who are these figures? Well Jupiter [...]

One of the exhibitions currently on display in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum celebrates a favorite combination of topics. Called “Art and Wine”, the exhibit focuses on the ways this fruit of the vine has influenced art and artists over the centuries. Indeed, this event has many associations with the Greek god Dionysos (who, incidentally, is also [...]

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Anyone who appreciates art and art history has their favorite works, and I am certainly no exception. The paintings I selected today represent different eras in the history of art, including the Renaissance, the Neoclassical period, and the eclectic Nineteenth century.
As for the characters who populate the paintings themselves, they are mainly drawn from Classical [...]

Art - Between Hope and Fear by Alma-Tadema

by Erin on August 24, 2012

In Between Hope and Fear, artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema once again painted a scene that represents a vignette of life in ancient Greece. And while the image is based on a Nineteenth century interpretation of Greek art and culture, it is interesting to note that Victorian audiences and art critics alike tended to view this [...]

Art - The Gemma Augustea

by Erin on August 8, 2012

In honor of August, I thought I would feature a work of art that depicts Augustus.

This sardonyx cameo, which is called the Gemma Augustea (Gem of Augustus), is a masterpiece of ancient Roman art. It features two registers of figures, both of which are brilliantly depicted in shallow relief. The milky white of these ornately [...]

This detail of a vase painting by the Achilles Painter features a delicate rendering of one of the Muses. It was done using the white ground technique, and the shape of the vase is what is known as a lekythos. This type of vase was used as an oil flask by the ancient Greeks. Scholars [...]

Art - Unconscious Rivals by Alma-Tadema

by Erin on May 25, 2012

Unconscious Rivals is an example of artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s interest in depicting a romanticized (and, it should be noted, very Victorian) interpretation of ancient Rome. And while the setting of this painting - with its magnificently decorated barrel vault in the background - does not conform to any existing Roman models, Lawrence Alma-Tadema has [...]

Art - The Sarpedon Vase

by Erin on May 20, 2012

The ancient Greek artist Euphronios painted this magnificent image of the death of the hero Sarpedon in the red figure style. And it is easy to see why the work, which is referred to as the Sarpedon Vase, is one of the masterpieces in the history of art.
The vase painting is dominated by a scene [...]

Art - Birth of Venus by Bouguereau

by Erin on May 15, 2012

Artist William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting The Birth of Venus is part of a long and venerable tradition of images that depict the Classical goddess Venus. And perhaps the most famous paradigm for the birth of Venus was created during the Renaissance, by the artist Sandro Botticelli. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus set the standard for artists for [...]

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