After centuries buried or exposed to the elements, the remnants of classical antiquity reach our museums in monotonous white and grey combinations. However, the classical past was not a place of whiteness, but one of colourful artistic landscapes.
Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel was one of England’s great collectors of the early 17th century. Van Dyck, Rubens, and Mytens painted him in their unique way.
In the Birth of Tragedy Nietzsche came up with the two opposing art concepts of the Apollonian and the Dionysian.
The ancient Greek painter Zeuxis lived an unconventional life and sufffered an equally unconventional death; he died from laughter. The story is simple. Zeuxis excelled in the art of imitating … Continue reading Death from Laughter: Rembrandt and Zeuxis
An unlikely argument in favour of social distancing comes from one of Rome’s greatest scholars, Marcus Terrentius Varo (116 BCE- 27 CE) in the second volume of his book ‘On … Continue reading A Roman lesson on the Corona-virus
On the way back from his quest for Medusa’s head, Perseus passed from an Ethiopian Kingdom where he saved princess Andromeda from the terrible sea-monster called Keto. The monster was … Continue reading Four Paintings of Perseus turning Phineus and his Followers into Stone
Tolstoy finds that the upper-classes, the art critics and most professional artists lack the ability of being “infected” by emotions through art. This happens because they have accustomed themselves to … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy and Upper-Class Art (part 3)
According to Tolstoy, art in the West used to be attached to religion and was universally understood since it expressed the relationship between human and god which is supposedly the … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy and Upper-Class Art (part 2)
Tolstoy believes that there are no possible objective definitions of art or good taste. In reality philosopher’s and artists define as beauty what pleases a certain portion of society. Tolstoy … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy and Upper-Class Art (part 1)
Art for art’s sake? This is one of the questions that have been puzzling the modern world for a few centuries now. The answer cannot be untangled from the commercialisation … Continue reading Leo Tolstoy and Art for Art’s Shake
In 1952 Bert Haanstra, a dutch cinematographer, created the short documentary Panta Rhei. The name of the title translates as everything flows which is a phrase used to encapsulate the … Continue reading Panta Rhei (1952)
Lately I have been reading a lot about Medusa’s symbolism and place in ancient art and religion. That’s how I came across this essay by Sigmund Freud written in 1922 … Continue reading Freud looking at Medusa
Nietzsche wrote a poem that has been interpreted as a dialogue with Heraclitus and his everlasting flame
Plotinus (ca 205-270 CE) was the founder of Neoplatonism, a school of philosophy inspired by Plato’s ideas some 600 years after the philosopher’s death. Plotinus was born in the Lycopolis … Continue reading Plotinus, Neoplatonism and Beauty
In a previous blog I presented a poem called “Heraclitus” by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentinian poet and author. In that blog I also briefly introduced the pre-socratic Greek philosopher … Continue reading When Heraclitus became Borjes (part 2)
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As UofGASC begin to welcome a new cohort of placement students, it seems a fitting opportunity to publish the work of one…
The full article was published at the Historic-UK magazine and can be found at: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/National-Monument-of-Scotland/ Most famously called by its resident architect the ‘pride and poverty of us Scots’, the … Continue reading The National Monument of Scotland: the Politics of the Scottish Parthenon
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher from Ephesus of Asia Minor. He is said to have written only one book, On Nature, which was divided into three parts: concerning the All, … Continue reading When Heraclitus became Borjes (part 1)
Hermaphroditos, son of Hermes and Aphrodite, rejected nymph Salmacis as his lover. Salmacis persuaded Zeus to merge their bodies and that union produced a bisexed being with male sexual organs … Continue reading From Hermaphroditus to Aphrodite: The Transformation of a Statue in 18th century Britain
A Prince From Western Libya by Constantine P. Cavafy Aristomenis, son of Menelaos,the Prince from Western Libya,was generally liked in Alexandriaduring the ten days he spent there.In keeping with his … Continue reading Analysis of the poem ‘A Prince From Western Libya’