Erol Degirmenci

Author

Classical Studies graduate based in Canada. Admirer of Neoclassical art. Lover of anything related to antiquity.

Articles by Erol

Love Story

The Serene Beauty of a Pastoral Love: Daphnis and Chloé Paintings

Well-known love stories are an essential part of our literary conscience. Within these stories, themes such as separation, sacrifice, and passion...

Erol Degirmenci 14 February 2024

Neoclassicism

Story of Circe According to John William Waterhouse

Circe is one of the fascinating characters in Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. Due to her complex and unconventional nature, many painters throughout...

Erol Degirmenci 16 November 2023

Ancient Greece

Depictions of Ajax in Ancient Greek Pottery

Ancient Greek literature is abundant in legendary heroes who live and die for everlasting glory. Their names and deeds echoed in the conscience of...

Erol Degirmenci 25 July 2023

Painting

A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in Paintings

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...

Erol Degirmenci 10 July 2023

Fashion

Dior’s Revisit of Greece: Cruise 2022 Collection

The fashion industry’s deep interest in Ancient Greek aesthetics is not some recent fad. Many of the leading fashion houses have been integrating...

Erol Degirmenci 15 May 2023

Ancient Greece

Three Unique Portrayals of Europa’s Abduction Myth

The mesmerizing realm of Greek mythology is one of the greatest sources for artists to exhibit their technical brilliance and unique interpretations.

Erol Degirmenci 9 May 2023

Literature

The Downfall of the Mighty Lydian King Candaules in Art

Suppose you are not satisfied with any of the historical or fantasy dramas out there lately where all kinds of slander, deception, and politicking...

Erol Degirmenci 2 March 2023

Artist Stories

An Orientalist from the Orient: Theodoros Rallis

Not every Orientalist painter journeyed to the Orient or the Levant to observe and interact with the socio-cultural fabric they intended to portray...

Erol Degirmenci 3 November 2022

Photography

The Queen of Neoclassical Photography: Nelly

For many, photography is merely a sophisticated way of immortalizing the current and carrying that frozen moment – which is impossible to recreate...

Erol Degirmenci 2 October 2022

Ancient Art

Shocking Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color at the Met

Have you ever wondered how the Greco-Roman statues looked during antiquity? Thanks to the Met and its amazing team, you can now get a glimpse of the...

Erol Degirmenci 29 September 2022