Ancient Greece

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

Ancient Greece

The Parthenon Mythology and Architecture

Mythology is a pretty broad topic in Ancient Greek history. And even more so is the use of mythological figures in ancient Greek art. From pottery to...

Rachel Witte 8 September 2020

Alexander the Great and His Mermaid Sister in Greek Folklore

There is no need for a long introduction to Alexander the Great’s place in history; he is one of the most famous military leaders and he has...

Errika Gerakiti 7 September 2020

Ancient Greece

Timeless Beauty: Ancient Greek Athletes in Art

The idea of timeless beauty is fascinating. Also, it’s a great concern for lovers of art history. Conceptions of beauty in Western art history...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 25 July 2020

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 9 July 2020

Bizarre

The Curious Lure and Strange Beauty of Ancient Anatomical Votives

Eerie, mysterious, and fascinating, ancient anatomical votives represent literal parts of people’s past. When most people think of a votive object,...

Marga Patterson 12 June 2020

Museum Stories

Troy at the British Museum: Myth and Reality

This excellently curated exhibition on Troy at the British Museum in London takes visitors on a journey spanning thousands of years. There’s...

Chris Dobson 28 January 2020

Erotica

Venus Vincit Omnia. Venus in Art

Venus (also known by her Greek name Aphrodite) is the Goddess of Love. We’ve explored some famous Venus’ here. Next, Velázquez’s...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 9 September 2019

Ancient Greece

Pentelic Splendour: The Erechtheion Caryatids

I visited Athens, Greece in the summer of 2016. Naturally a visit to the Acropolis was mandatory, and it was as beautiful and epic as you can...

Nadine Waldmann 3 June 2019

Ancient Greece

The Ancient Greek Kouros and Kore

Classical Greek statues depicting male and female bodies are iconic, legendary and set the standards for numerous artists and art movements to come.

Nadine Waldmann 14 January 2019

Ancient Greece

The A to Z of Ancient Greek Pottery Terms Pt 2

And so the saga continues in our adventures of learning about Ancient Greek pottery! You will probably have noticed that I chose to skip a few...

Rachel Witte 25 October 2018

Ancient Greece

Some Things to Know about the Ancient Greek Stylistic Periods

There are four general Ancient Greek stylistic periods. Different, note-worthy styles, influences from invading cultures and their lasting effects...

Rachel Witte 3 October 2018