Ancient Greece

Art History 101

Centaurs in Art: Duality Throughout the Ages

Centaurs are human-horse hybrid creatures composed of dualities: human and nature, chaos and neutrality, love and violence. From ancient Greece to...

Marga Patterson 18 May 2022

Ancient Greece

There Were Really Hot Guys in Ancient Greece: The Barberini Faun

Drunk, sleeping men are rarely, if ever, beautiful and sexually appealing, but this is not the case with this really sexy faun from ancient Greece.

Marta Loza 13 February 2022

Ancient Greece

Pompeii of the Aegean: The Wall Paintings of Thera

The Thera wall paintings (Santorini) reveal the bustling civilization that existed on the southernmost island of the Cyclades circa 1600 BCE. Around...

Anastasia Manioudaki 2 February 2022

Women Artists

Behold Dibutades, the Greek Inventress of Painting!

Long ago in the city of Corinth in Ancient Greece, a young maid traced the contour of her lover’s face on the wall. The man was leaving on a long...

Jimena Escoto 6 July 2021

Portrayal of an Abandoned Hero: Philoctetes

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?...

Erol Degirmenci 16 April 2021

Museum Stories

Unique Greek Geometric Art to See in Florida: Exhibition and Interview

In conversation with Dr. Michael Bennett, MFA Senior Curator of Early Western Art at the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, we explore the world of...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 5 February 2021

Ancient Greece

Not So Dark After All: Greek Designs from the Dark Ages

In the mid-12th century BCE, the grand palaces and sprawling kingdoms that had defined life in the Mediterranean began to deteriorate. Perhaps...

Lauren Dorsey 18 January 2021

Sculpture

The Torlonia Marbles: A Long-awaited Classical Collection

After strictly remaining in the shade for decades and decades, one of the world’s most extensive private collections of classical sculpture, the...

Erol Degirmenci 4 January 2021

Ancient Greece

Six Ancient Greek Sculptures Everyone Should Know

Greek sculptures have had a profound effect on art throughout the ages. Many of the styles have been reproduced and copied by some of what the modern...

Zuzanna Stańska 21 November 2020

Ancient Greece

The Women Blessed by Dionysus: Maenads

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...

Erol Degirmenci 2 November 2020

Masterpiece Stories

Painting of the Week: Fragment of a Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Ktisis

The bejeweled woman from the mosaic, holding the measuring tool for the Roman foot, is identified by the restored Greek inscription as Ktisis. She is...

Zuzanna Stańska 18 October 2020

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 11 September 2020