Greco's Ghosts

Art. History. Culture.

A Cornucopia of Wit: Still Life and Arcimboldo

I’ve had another small hiatus from the blogosphere; my apologies. My November has been hectic (I feel like I’ve been out of town over half of this month), and here … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Horror in October Part Four: It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble…  The famous witches mantra in Shakespeare’s Macbeth still comes to mind when bringing up that quintessential antagonist of All Hallow’s … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

Horror in October Part Three: Goya’s Madmen

This month’s feature on terror now takes a twist toward the insane. Think of how many characters in our popular culture have been portrayed as sadistic madmen. The Joker, Michael … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

Horror in October Part Two: The Female Monster

The monster is most often an embodiment of traditional masculine characteristics. If a monster is considered female, it has to be indicated so, otherwise we would probably just assume the … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Horror in October: The Infernal Inferno

Happy October everyone! This, in my opinion, is the absolute best time of year. Football season is in full swing and the weather is cooling down. We have apples, leaves … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

Bohemian Paris and Absinthe: A Realistic Portrayal by Edgar Degas

So sorry for the posting hiatus; it was a busy August. This article was inspired by an Impressionist exhibit I recently saw at the Joslyn Museum of Art in Omaha. … Continue reading

September 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

What is Manifest in the Pre-Raphaelite Manifesto?

The Arts and Craft Movement, the Futurists, the Secessionists; artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries loved a good manifesto. The obsession with modernity as well as nationalism and other … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Jean-Antoine Watteau and the Arcadian Booty Call

Jean-Antoine Watteau was a popular painter of the French Rococo, and a grand artist of the fête galante, the pleasure filled celebrations or amorous escapades enjoyed by French aristocracy after … Continue reading

July 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Daedalus and Icarus: A Little ‘Vanitas,’ Courtesy of the Greeks

The story of Daedalus and Icarus in Greek mythology has inspired some fascinating works of art across multiple genres. Often told as a warning against vanity, this tale can apply … Continue reading

July 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Et tu, Brute? Images of Ultimate Betrayal

As Captain Jack Sparrow put it so succinctly, “The deepest circle of Hell is reserved for betrayers and mutineers.” These are the all-time backstabbers, the ancient screw-overs, the historic sellouts, … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

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