Some of you may remember that I love ancient history, and that I did a series of art based on The Odyssey. It was sensational to be in and around the place where The Iliad and The Odyssey was conceived, sung, shared, and eventually written down. In fact, we visited the ancient site of Mycenae, which was the palace complex where Agamemnon himself lived and ruled.
|The "Funerary Mask of Agamemnon" from Mycenae, housed at The Archeological Museum in Athens.|
Being in Greece lent depth and richness to my understanding of The Odyssey. One experience I had was the realization that my conception of the space and atmosphere was generalized and lacking in sensitivity. It was fanciful, but vague.
|"The Land of the Lotus Eaters" Leslie Peterson Sapp|
|Greece, somewhere between Epidavros and Poros|
|"The Shepherd's Song" Puvis de Chavannes, 1891|
|"Patriotism" Puvis de Chavannes, 1893|
|"Young Girls by the Sea", Puvis de Chavannes, 1879|
|"Acrobat on a Ball" Picasso, 1901|
|"Two Adolescents", Picasso, 1906|
|"Boy Leading a Horse", Picasso, 1905-6|