April Fool’s Day: The Cynic Philosophers

Diogenes by John William Waterhouse, 1882. Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Image: Wikimedia Commons (X). License: Public Domain Today, April Fool’s Day, I’m thinking about the Cynic philosophers of Ancient Greece. Cynics were sometimes derided as fools. They rejected social convention and lived simply, thereby gaining the freedom to speak critically about…

Name 5 Women Artists: Evelyn de Morgan

Featured Image: Cassandra and Helen of Troy by Evelyn de Morgan, 1898.Collection of the De Morgan Foundation via Wikimedia Commons (X and X). Public Domain. Learn more about Evelyn de Morgan from the De Morgan Foundation:  http://www.demorgan.org.uk/de-morgans/evelyn-de-morgan Can you name five women artists? Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been asking this question on social…

Name 5 Women Artists: Artemisia Gentileschi

Featured Image: Minerva by Artemisia Gentileschi, circa 1615. Collection of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence via The Athenaeum (X).  Public Domain. Learn more about Artemisia Gentileschi from the National Gallery:   https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/artists/artemisia-gentileschi Can you name five women artists? Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been asking this question on social media each March during…

Name 5 Women Artists: Lavinia Fontana

Featured Image: Apollo and the Muses by Lavinia Fontana, circa 1598. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons (X) More about Lavinia Fontana from the National Museum of Women in the Arts:   https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/lavinia-fontana Can you name five women artists? Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) has been asking this question on social media each March during…

Name 5 Women Artists: Angelica Kauffman

Featured Image: Venus Induces Helen to Fall in Love with Paris by Angelica Kauffman, 1790. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons (X). Learn more about Angelica Kauffman at the National Museum of Women in the Arts:  https://nmwa.org/explore/artist-profiles/angelica-kauffman Can you name five women artists? Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts…

Eumenideia

Featured Image: Pottery: red-figured bell-krater (wine-bowl) with Orestes kneeling beside the omphalos and tripod at Delphi, as he seeks sanctuary from the avenging Furies. Athena and Apollo intervene on his behalf and he is purified of the killing of his mother. Attributed to Python (360-320 BCE), Paestum. Collection of the British Museum (X) Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC…

Mosaic: March

Featured Image: Martius, fragment of a mosaic with the months of the year. First half third century CE. Discovered in the city of Thysdrus, Roman province of Byzacena, (modern El Djem, Tunisia).  Archaeological Museum of Sousse.  Photograph by Ad Meskens, 2012, via Wikimedia Commons (X).  License:  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported This mosaic may depict the Mamuralia, also known as…

A Snack for Cerberus

Featured Image: Psyche enters the underworld giving an offering to Cerberus Engraving by The Master of the Die, circa ca. 1530–60. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York via Wikimedia Commons (X). Public Domain. When someone was buried in ancient Greece, they were not only provided with a coin to pay Charon the ferryman for…

How Andromeda, the Daughter of Ethiopian Royalty, Ended Up White

Featured Image: Sacrifice of Andromeda by The Niobid Painter.  Red-figure pelike, about 460 B.C.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – mfa.org How Andromeda, the Daughter of Ethiopian Royalty, Ended Up White See also: Was Andromeda Black? The tying of Andromeda Attic Pelike from the Workshop of the Niobid Painter

Antinous bust from Hampton Court Palace

Antinous Roman, marble, 2nd century. Collection of Hampton Court Palace, England. Photo by  Carole Raddato via Wikimedia Commons (X).  License:  CC BY-SA 2.0   Read more: Royal Collection Trust A UK based bust of Antinous