Stories By Erol Degirmenci
The Queen of Neoclassical Photography: NellyAugust 21, 2021
For many, photography is merely a sophisticated way of immortalizing the current and carrying that frozen moment—which is impossible to recreate —onward to the vastness of time. Elli Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari (Έλλη Σουγιουλτζόγλου-Σεραϊδάρη), known as Nelly, a Greek...
A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in PaintingsJuly 13, 2021
Marcus Aurelius, the last of the five good Roman emperors once wrote: “The best way to avenge yourself is not to become as they are” (Meditations 6.6). When one reads Aeschylus’ well-known trilogy, Oresteia, it will...
Portrayal of an Abandoned Hero: PhiloctetesApril 16, 2021
How would you feel if your friends abandoned you on an uninhabited island with a limited amount of food and no shelter just because you were injured? An island where wild animals lurk at night. The...
Painting of the Week: Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis DavidJanuary 24, 2021
Whether you are within an academic environment or at a coffee shop, when the term ‘Neoclassicism’ and its huge influence on the visual arts arise, you are likely to hear the name Jacques-Louis David many times....
The Torlonia Marbles: A Long-awaited Classical CollectionJanuary 4, 2021
After strictly remaining in the shade for decades and decades, one of the world’s most extensive private collections of classical sculpture, the Torlonia marbles became partially public on the 14th of October. Out of 600+ artifacts...
The Women Blessed by Dionysus: MaenadsNovember 2, 2020
One of the reasons why we find Greek mythology so fascinating is because of its incredibly diverse structure. All of the gods and goddesses have unique characteristics and, according to the ancient source material, they were...
The Serene Beauty of a Pastoral Love: Daphnis and Chloé PaintingsSeptember 11, 2020
Well-known love stories are an essential part of our literary conscience. Within these stories, themes such as separation, sacrifice, and passion play a significant role. Yet, there are not many examples where the love between characters...
Three Unique Portrayals of Europa’s Abduction MythSeptember 10, 2020
The mesmerizing realm of Greek mythology is one of the greatest sources for artists to exhibit their technical brilliance and unique interpretations. Its influence and weight not only strongly felt in visual arts, but in every...
Depictions of Ajax in Ancient Greek PotteryJuly 9, 2020
Ancient Greek literature is abundant in legendary heroes who live and die for everlasting glory. Their names and deeds echoed in the conscience of many societies for centuries and continue to do so. Naturally, these epochal...
William Waterhouse’s Love for CirceMay 21, 2020
Circe is one of the fascinating characters in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Due to her complex and unconventional nature, many painters have attempted to portray her in their own unique ways throughout history. Yet, there...
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