St Paul’s Cathedral as ‘watershed’ for Neoclassicism

The History of Architecture reflects the cultural material adopted throughout the ages. The Classical period (Hellenic Period – c. 323 BCE to 510 BCE is an era that has been characterized and appropriated into modern Architecture today as Neo-Classicism.

Nicolas Poussin – The Age of Reason

Nicolas Poussin and the Age of Reason This essay aims to demonstrate Nicolas Poussin’s role as one of the key figures in the foundation of the French Academy.  Through an analysis of his paintings Israelites gathering Manna in the desert, Rebecca and Eliezer at the Well, and The Judgment of Solomon specifically, we see the key fundamental ideas…

Trajan & Aurelius Columns – A Comparison

The Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius Roman art tends to reflect a pattern of coherence which can be followed within a visual language for representing Imperial authority.  Certain images were articulated as conventions, portraying the Emperors roles within Roman society, whether it were as military leader, lawgiver, or a reflection of their individual character. …

Aesthetics

BEAUTY IN SCHILLER AND KLEIST A Discussion about Beauty in Dialogue between Schiller & Kleist a.)  In Schiller’s theory of beauty he deduces a number of claims based on his objective principal as opposed to his previous subjective notions.   He claims that it is incompatible to deduce beauty from notions that can only be determined,…

Nikolaos Lytras

The Mediterranean ‘light’ on canvas versus physical reality.

Constantin Brancusi

Constantin Brancusi’s Manifestation in Flight By Demetrios Voulgarellis At a first glance, in viewing Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space 1923 (Fig. 1), we perceive that it is a non-representational work of art.  In that it lends itself towards a symbolic manifestation to something greater, transcending through space rather than a mere representation of an individual…

Athens Parliament / King Otto’s Palace

The New Parliament/ King Otto’s Palace The New Parliament building in Syntagma Square, Athens was the former Palace to King Otto and his Queen, Amalia.  It has marked many generations of historical facts that have withstood many changes and adaptations in both the political and architectural patterns.  Adaptations and renovations mainly took place after the…

Archaic Period – Ancient Greece – Sculpture

    The Rampin Horseman, ca. 550 BCE, Acr. 590 Housed in the Acropolis Museum A fragmented male equestrian is featured as subject matter in the object of my discussion, which is housed within the Acropolis Museum, Athens Greece.  I will attempt to translate my visual interpretation into a textual language of description. The medium…

Athens Concert Hall / Megaron

An Evening of Symphony I attended the Athens Concert Hall (Mitropoulos Hall, Megaron) on Saturday, 31 October 2009 to appreciate and absorb the music of R. Wagner, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, J. Haydn and Z. Kod’aly.  In having to report my experience at the Megaron, i have selected J. Haydn as my topic of expression in his Symphony…