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The Parthenon

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

ArS Artistic Adventure of Mankind

The Parthenon at the Acropolis of Athens is a Doric temple with Ionic architectural features built on the foundations of the Hecatompedon designed by Themistocles.  The Parthenon was designed by Ictinos and Callicrates, the architects who worked for Pericles in the Acropolis reconstruction. It had eight columns at its main facades and 17 columns in each side (it was then a peripteral octostyle temple). A peculiarity of the Parthenon is that the room behind its big cella or opisthodomos was relatively large.

When the Parthenon was built the traditional Doric style had reached to perfection. All the temple’s horizontal lines are slightly curved in order to overcome the deviations of perspective. This fact was revealed in 1847 by the English architect Francis Penrose who became famous when he discovered the slight curvature of the horizontal lines in the layout of the Parthenon. The building was constructed in 12 years from…

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Paleolithic Art

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
Paleolithic Art: Movement and Ritual (Part 1 – 2)
Prehistoric Art – Kenney Menscher

Possibly the best known Ukiyo-e print is the The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai.

Katsushika Hokusai self portrait

Katsushika Hokusai self portrait

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Hokusai who was in his 70’s when he produced it. First published in 1832, it was an instant success and continues to transfix artists and historians the world over.

This BBC documentary explores the life of the artist and discusses the masterpiece itself, looking at how it was produced and what it might represent.

A thought provoking and inspiring documentary for artists and anyone with an interest in the culture and art history of Japan.