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Erol Degirmenci

Admirer of Neoclassical art. Lover of anything related to antiquity.

Stories By Erol Degirmenci

  • 20th century

    The Queen of Neoclassical Photography: Nelly

    By August 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...

  • Ancient Greece

    A Tale of Revenge and Justice: The Oresteia in Paintings

    By July 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...

  • Ancient Greece

    Portrayal of an Abandoned Hero: Philoctetes

    By April 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...

  • Ancient Greece

    Painting of the Week: Leonidas at Thermopylae by Jacques-Louis David

    By January 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....

  • Ancient Greece

    The Torlonia Marbles: A Long-awaited Classical Collection

    By January 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...

  • 19th Century

    The Women Blessed by Dionysus: Maenads

    By November 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...

  • Ancient Greece

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

    By September 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...

  • 21st century

    Three Unique Portrayals of Europa’s Abduction Myth

    By September 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...

  • Ancient Greece

    Depictions of Ajax in Ancient Greek Pottery

    By July 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...

  • 19th Century

    William Waterhouse’s Love for Circe

    By May 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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