DAILY ART FIX: The Horse in Ancient Athens: Symbol and Source of Inspiration in Art

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The horse was the pinnacle of transportation technology for thousands of years. A new exhibit examines its role in ancient Greece.

The ASCSA explained that horses, while being an integral part of the daily reality of Athenians, were also a popular motif across their art forms, appearing in media as diverse as marble reliefs, ceramic vases, and silver coins.

“Horses were depicted in all forms of ancient Greek art and the exhibit will display a variety of antiquities from Greece and abroad, such as marble reliefs, ceramic vases, and silver coins, ranging from the Protogeometric (1050-900 BC) to the Hellenistic period (330-30 BC). These works of art, especially Attic painted vases, illustrate the ancient Athenians’ obsession with horse breeding and racing.

Read the full article here: GREEK REPORTER – The Horse in Ancient Athens: Symbol and Source of Inspiration in Art

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DAILY ART FIX: Ten Stunning Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Art

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Odysseus and the Sirens, eponymous vase of the Siren Painter, c. 480–470 BC (British Museum)

A listicle highlighting the glory that was Greece.

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Also displayed at the Louvre Museum, the Winged Victory, or the Nike of Samothrace, stands at the top of the great museum’s large set of stairs, amazing visitors who find themselves in her imposing presence.

In antiquity, the Winged Victory was placed in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace.

According to historians, the sculpture was an offer by the people of Rhodes to the island in commemoration of a naval victory in the early second century BC.

The active, kinetic aspect of the ancient Greek masterpiece, along with its perfectly sculpted wings, make it an impressive work of art that still mesmerizes the public to this day.

The monument was unearthed in 1863 on Samothrace in the northwest Aegean. It was discovered by Charles Champoiseau, French Vice-Consul to Adrianople (Edirne), Turkey.

Read the full article here: GREEK REPORTER – Ten Stunning Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Art

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DAILY ART FIX: UK GOVERNMENT REJECTS UNESCO PLEA TO READDRESS OWNERSHIP OF PARTHENON MARBLES

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A view of the Parthenon Marbles at the British Museum. Photo: Carole Raddato/Wikipedia Commons.

Parts of the Elgin Marbles

The art world is preening over “decolonizing” these days. Meaning they want museums to return key objects in their collections to the original places of origin. Makes me wonder if those pieces would ever have survived in their original locations, or would have been lost due to neglect or active destruction.

The UK government has rejected Unesco’s recommendation that it reconsider the ownership status of the fabled Parthenon Marbles held in the collection of the British Museum. Following a meeting of Unesco’s Intergovernmental Commission for the Return of Cultural Property to Countries of Origin (ICPRCP) in Paris last week, the organization had urged the British government to investigate the conditions under which the marbles were brought to England, and to consider returning them to Greece. Unesco’s recommendation was a victory for Greece, which first brought the matter to the organization in 1984.

The British Museum received the contested group of sculptures, dating to the fifth century BC and made by the classical Greek sculptor Phidias and his assistants, in 1801 from Scotsman Thomas Bruce, the Seventh Earl of Elgin. Lord Elgin was serving as the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire when he allegedly negotiated with the Ottoman Turks who controlled the region surrounding the Parthenon to bring the objects to England. Known as the Elgin Marbles, or the Parthenon Marbles, these stunning works have been widely credited with transforming the European concept of Greek art; they have since served as the touchstone around which museums interpret and display human culture.

See the full article here: ARTFORUM – UK GOVERNMENT REJECTS UNESCO PLEA TO READDRESS OWNERSHIP OF PARTHENON MARBLES

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DAILY ART FIX: Painting the heroes and villains of Greek myth

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The Priestesses of Aphrodite by Fikos

In Greece, a muralist is paying tribute to the ancient myths and legends of his homeland.

An artist by trade, Fikos’ main body of work is canvas-based. He’s already participated in numerous group exhibitions, and has enjoyed four solo shows, in Athens, London, Turin and Limassol. But murals, he suggests, are quite possibly the more important part of his work, especially in terms of social impact.

“My relationship with the wall started in 1999, with graffiti,” the artist reveals. “I moved into street art, and at the same time started working on indoor murals in Greek Orthodox churches. Then, in 2011, I began creating outdoor murals inspired by Greek mythology…

“These myths are limitless and imaginative, providing countless themes to paint,” he explains. They’re also timeless – “I trust the message of these legends; if they’ve lived for two to three millennia, they must have something to say” – and enjoy a wide appeal. “Over the years of Western civilization’s cultural dominance, Greek myths have become international, and this allows my art to appeal to a global audience.”

Read the full article here: CYPRUS MAIL – Painting the heroes and villains of Greek myth

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DAILY ART FIX: The Jockey of Artemision: Ancient Greek Art in All its Stunning Glory

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The Jockey of Artemision

Life Sized Bronze Sculpture from 150-140 BC

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Real art communicates across all times, and all cultures. While art has a universal resonance, it is fascinating in the particulars, which demonstrate the character of those who made it, and when it was made.

We can know something of the ancient Greeks based on the remains of their culture. Their architecture, and their sculpture, show us a people with skill, grace, and strength.

This amazing find, discovered in 1928, is a powerful legacy of a time and a place. Through art, we can share in that world, and know something about ourselves as well.

“The metallic sheen of his skin and the hide of the horse give off the appearance of glistening sweat. This horse and his boy showcase a paradigm often seen in Hellenistic sculpture—the combination of Greek Classical ideals with added expression, drama, and energy,” the American scholar says.

The statue is dated to around 150–140 BC, and is approximately life-size, with a length of 2.9 meters (9.5 feet) and 2.1 meters (6.9 feet) high.

On display in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the Jockey of Artemision is a rare survivor. Most ancient bronzes were melted down for their raw materials some time after creation, but this one was saved from destruction when it was lost in a shipwreck in antiquity, before being discovered in the twentieth century.

Read the full article here: GREEK REPORTER – The Jockey of Artemision: Greek Art in All its Stunning Glory

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RICHARD BLEDSOE is a visual story teller; a painter of fables and parables. He received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Richard has been an exhibiting artist for over 25 years, in both the United States and internationally. He lives and paints happily in Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Michele and cat Motorhead. He is the author of Remodern America: How the Renewal of the Arts Will Change the Course of Western Civilization.

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