There’s No Melancholy in Melencolia – One Secret of Greatest Art Fraud in Art History By Elizabeth Garner, 2013
This engraving is [Albrecht] Dürer’s greatest masterpiece. It is the most debated image in the history of art, and tens of thousands of scholarly articles have been written about its supposed meaning, none of which are correct to date. Continue reading →
In Greek mythology, Prometheus (Greek: Προμηθεύς, meaning “forethought”) is a Titan who sided with Zeus and the ascending Olympian gods in the vast cosmological struggle against Kronos and the other Titans. Prometheus was on the conquering side of the war of the Greek gods, the Titanomachy, as Zeus and the Olympian gods ultimately defeated Kronos and the other Titans.
Ancient myths and legends relate at least four versions of the narratives describing Prometheus, his exploits with Zeus, and his eternal punishment as also inflicted by Zeus. There is a single somewhat Continue reading →
Asmodeus (Ασμοδαίος) or Ashmedai (אַשְמְדּאָי) is a lord of demons mostly known from the Book of Tobit, in which he is the primary antagonist. The demon is also mentioned in the story of the construction of the Temple of Solomon.
Asmodeus is supposed by some Christians to be the King of the Nine Hells or one of the seven princes of Hell. In Binsfeld’s classification of demons, each one of these princes represents one of the seven sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and Pride). Asmodeus is the demon of lust and is therefore responsible for twisting people’s sexual desires.
It is said in Asmodeus; Or, The Devil on Two Sticks that people who fall to Asmodeus’ ways will be sentenced to an eternity in the second level of hell. Continue reading →
Apostle John (left) and Marcion of Sinope (right), from Morgan Library MS 748, 11th century
Marcion of Sinop
Marcion of Sinop (c.1500) was an important leader in early Christianity. His theology affirmed the Father of Christ to be the true God. He was denounced by the Orthodox Church and he chose to separate himself from the church. He held a pivotal role in the development of the New Testament canon. [Mark vs Mark’s Son]
Marco was the son of the bishop of Sinep, a wealthy ship owner, and he is said to have conquered 200,000 sesterces from the Moors. Conflicts with the elders of the orthodox church arose and he was excommunicated. He fled to England where he led his own church congregation and taught the new Christian gospel. Continue reading →
In mythology, Andromeda (Ἀνδρομέδα or Ἀνδρομέδη ) is the daughter of Coepheus, a Moor king, and Cassiopeia. Androméda meaning the “ruler of men”, from ἀνδρός (andrós) “man”, and medon, “ruler”.
When Cassiopeia’s hubris leads her to boast that Andromeda is more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon, influenced by Hades sends Coetus, to ravage the Moor’s land as divine punishment. Andromeda is stripped and chained to a rock as a sacrifice to Coetus, but is saved by Perseus.
As a subject, Andromeda has been popular in art since classical times; it is one of several myths of a hero’s rescue of the intended victim of an archaic Hieros gamos (sacred marriage), giving rise to the “princess and dragon” motif. Interest in the story was derived from Ovid’s account. Continue reading →