Δευτέρα, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2015

The Minoan Baked Figurine

My dear friend Ioanna V. at 9 years old is already an expert in Minoan coroplastic art experimenting in construction techniques. 

In this example she baked a replica of the well-known Neopalatial Minoan clay female figurine from the sanctuary at Piskokefalo Siteia (1600-1500 BC) showcased in the Herakleion Archaeological Museum. 


BEFORE BAKING




AFTER BAKING 





THE ORIGINAL 

Δευτέρα, 3 Νοεμβρίου 2014

The prince of lilies in the sea

It's been a while since I last posted a post on the blog, since of late we're mostly communicating through the Facebook page.

But this new find  is really worth some special treatment. 

Today I stumbled upon an image of the popular Greek singer George Mazonakis reproduced in one of the Sunday papers. The "news" here was that Mazonakis is a winter swimmer, and the paper presented the following photograph testifying this evidently important choice. 




Look more closely though and you will observe the tattoo on the singer's arm: a large and impressive colorful Minoan lily, much like the ones Gillieron pere added in his reproduction of the Minoan fresco of the Prince of Lilies. 




And that actually was worth more to me as a piece of news, than the fact that Mazonakis is a winter swimmer (in Greece of all places). 


Πέμπτη, 1 Μαΐου 2014

IDISTI - Greece with a twist

This blog entry and wonderful discovery is written by my dear friend Mania Kostopoulou

Enjoy! 

IDISTI  - GREECE WITH A TWIST is a new Greek company which designs and produces everyday objects and gifts of unique design with a fresh look,inspired from Greek history, culture, nature, architecture, traditional costumes, myths and symbols of Greece from ancient to present times.

IDISTI recently won the 3rd award in the Innovative Service Model category on the Tourism Awards 2014.





Its collections are all beautiful.
It's obvious that I want them all.
But as the blog's theme is Consuming Greek Antiquity, I owe to present you the collection "Monuments of Athens". 










If only I had the body to fit in such a Warholic swim suit with the Caryatids. Even though some will find it kitsch, I love it.


Pay a visit on their site www.idisti.gr


Indulge your curiosity.
https://www.facebook.com/idisti.gr?ref=ts&fref=ts




Παρασκευή, 18 Απριλίου 2014

Δευτέρα, 7 Απριλίου 2014

A Sounion flower

Thanks to the courtesy of Nikos Mitrogiannopoulos and the Archive of Amateur Audiovisual Material "of the Anonymous" I have the great pleasure to present today a previously unknown photograph, actually a film frame from a 16 mm family film, belonging to the D. Georgopoulos family collection, resting at the Archive. 

This rare family film frame, dating in the 1930's, is taken in the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. 

At the center is Cybele, a well-known Greek actress (1888-1978), offering a flower to her husband George Papandreou (1888-1968), one of the most important Greek politicians of the 20th c., who was later to become Prime-Minister of Greece. 


To the right is their friend Aglaia Georgopoulou. The family film was probably shot by Dimitris Georgopoulos, her husband. 






Mr Mitrogiannopoulos who has watched the film tells us more about the action, esp. what precedes this final instance. This is a silent film (as these family films were back then), but it is obvious the the great actress is reciting something, while Papandreou and her friend Aglaia are watching. When this small 'show' is over, Cybele offers a flower to her husband, G. Papandreou. 

The two couples, the Papandreou and the Georgopouloi, were evidently close friends and used to travel together abroad and in Greece.