Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Meeting Of Antony And Cleopatra, By Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (c. 1696–1770), strives to re-create (albeit with historically inaccurate wardrobes) an early encounter between one...

The Humble Life And Fragrant Death Of The Constantinople Nobleman, Gregory

A man named Gregory was the son of a brother of Emperor Heraclius of Constantinople (r. 610-641). Gregory’s father, Theodore, had played a prominent...

The Thousand and One Nights

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Plague In Rome, Painted By Jules Elie Delaunay (c. 1828-1891)

This painting, by the French artist Jules Elie Delaunay (c. 1828-1891), was inspired by a particular tale from the Golden Legend, a large collection...

The Short, Disastrous Rebellion Of Patrician Gregory

By the 640s, Constantinople’s imperial holdings in North Africa came to be overseen by a certain patrician named Gregory. The region he commanded had...

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio (c. 1313-1375) "A man's nobility is not affected by poverty, as it is by riches. Many kings, many great princes, were once poor;...

The Fight Between Tancred And Argant With Clorinda In The Background, By Giovanni Antonio Guardi (c. 1699 – 1760)

This painting, by the Italian artist Giovanni Antonio Guardi (c. 1699 – 1760), was inspired by a scene from a poem called Gerusalemme liberata,...

Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (c. 1724-1804) "Nothing can possibly be conceived in the world, or even out of it, which can be called good without qualification, except...

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Muse and Poet, by Alfred Edward Chalon (c. 1780-1860)

This ink and wash artwork, by the English artist Alfred Edward Chalon (c. 1780-1860), depicts an ancient scene of a young poet lounging with...

The Legend Of Chi You—The Ancient Chinese Founding Father Of Rebellion

As was told in ancient Chinese mythology, legend and folklore, the worldwide violent human proclivity for rebellion and war all began with a curious...

Alcestis and Admetus, by Gerard Hoet I (c. 1648 – 1733)

This painting, by Gerard Hoet I (c. 1648 – 1733), was inspired by stories about the ancient Greek myth of Alcestis (daughter of King...

The Tale of The Master Forger, Priscus

In the 6th century, a master of the illicit art of forgery was said to have set up a criminal syndicate within the city...

Confucius

Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE) "If out of the 300 Songs I had to take one phrase to cover all my teaching, I would say, 'let...

Papal Pest Control At The River Adige

In The Malleus Maleficarum (published 1487), the text’s authors informed readers, “There is a common report current in the districts of the River Etsch, as also...

Education Of The Sons Of Clovis, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912)

This painting, by the Dutch-British artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836–1912), depicts a scene of daily life from the reign of King Clovis I of the...

Alcibiades Being Taught By Socrates, painted by Marcello Bacciarelli (c. 1731–1818)

Marcello Bacciarelli (c. 1731-1818), an Italian artist who relocated to Poland, painted this scene that features (on the left) the Athenian leader, Alcibiades, and...
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Muse and Poet, by Alfred Edward Chalon (c. 1780-1860)

This ink and wash artwork, by the English artist Alfred Edward Chalon (c. 1780-1860), depicts an ancient scene of a young poet lounging with...

Euripides

Euripides (c. 485-406 BCE) "They say that to keep one's principles unswervingly in life leads to a fall more often than it brings joy and fights a...

17th-Century Tapestry Depicting Charles Le Brun’s Painting Of The Family of Darius At The Feet Of Alexander

This 17th-century tapestry, woven by an unknown artist, re-creates a painting produced by Charles Le Brun (c. 1619-1690) that depicted the historical event of...

The Roman Senatorial War Against Gymnastic Games

Ancient Romans loved the Greek culture and had a habit of assimilating Greek philosophy, arts and mythology into the Roman culture and way of...

The Tale Of Roman Nobleman Who Was Doomed By A Careless Herald

Flavius Sabinus was a member of the Flavian clan and was related to the Roman emperors, Vespasian (r. 69-79), Titus (r. 79-81) and Domitian...

The Death Of Cato, Giovanni Battista Langetti (c. 1635-1676)

This painting, attributed to Giovanni Battista Langetti (c. 1635-1676), depicts the final moments of Marcus Porcius Cato, better known as Cato the Younger (95-46...

Sketch For The Battle Of Poitiers, By Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863)

This artwork, by the French artist Eugène Delacroix (c. 1798-1863), was created as he visualized and practiced for a painting that he would produce...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad." From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (c. 1564 – 1616) "The course of true love never did run smooth" From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act I,...
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