Author: axenia.raulet

Ruined Picnic by Gen Doy “The bears in Storck’s painting are shown ferociously defending themselves from attack, and as a danger to humans but human activity has been far more damaging to life and the environment than anything the polar bears have done over the centuries. “ Detail of The Dutch whaling Fleet 1690-1700 by […]

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Dear Death by Victoria Jones “A Cherokee legend tells that the deer won its antlers against a cheating rabbit when the two raced to decide which animal of the forest was fastest. “ The Death of the Stag, 1867 by Gustave Courbet As an artist, art historian and nature lover I am fascinated by the […]

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‘Harpooning Sperm Whale’ by Athena Papadopoulos “Thinking more about the relationship of equivalence between whale and man, I think particularity about whales’ relationships whales have to one another, mirroring the ideal relationship between humans- one of friendship and play, of compassion and appreciation of life in the face of the notion of precarity and death.” […]

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The Chimaera by Jack Alexandroff “…the Chimaera has come to mean something far more fundamental to our idea of identity.” Bellerophon and Chimera, central medallion of a Roman mosaic from Autun, Musée Rolin, 2nd to 3rd century AD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ioj6BBNwHS0   The Chimaera has been tamed by modern astrology. Many know it as a symbol for […]

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“The Calydonian Boar” by Alex Gushurst-Moore ” Immersed in the remnants of a classical world, Rubens would have encountered countless myths and legends in the ancient art and literature of Italy. By selecting this particular story for representation, the artist was certainly capitalising on the general interest in animal hunt scenes, but what does the […]

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“La lotta del drago contro San Giorgio​” di Francesco d’Achille “San Giorgio e il drago”, Paolo Uccello (1460 ca. – National Gallery di Londra). Il tema del Santo Martire uccisore di draghi trova la sua origine in una fonte medioevale, quella della Legenda Aurea compilata in latino da Jacopo da Varazze, frate domenicano e vescovo […]

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“The Battle of the Dragon against St George”by Francesco D’Achille “How was it possible that a symbol that represented the soul of the dead became an “emblem of evil”?” “Saint George and the Dragon”, Paolo Uccello (around 1460 – National Gallery of London)​ The theme of the Holy Martyr slayer of dragons finds its origin […]

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