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Who were the Amazons?

According to Greek mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of women warriors, considered brutal, aggressive and whose main concern in life was the war. Herodotus affirmed that they lived on the banks of the Thermodon River, and according to Diodorus they were inhabitants of Ancient Libya long before settled along the Thermodon. Some writers, as… Continue reading Who were the Amazons?

Art, Who was/is, writer

Who was George Sand?

Geroge Sand was the nom de plume (her literary pseudonym) of Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin, a French novelist and memoirist. She was one of the most popular writers of her time, even more popular than Victor Hugo and Honoré de Balzac in England in 1830s and 1840s, being until today recognised as one of the… Continue reading Who was George Sand?

Art, Art History, medieval art

Queen Matilda and The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is a unique artefact of 11th century. The tapestry tells the story of the of the events surrounding the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy in 1066 in a 70 meters long embroidery. It is undoubtedly a masterpiece of Romanesque art. Even though, according to the popular belief the Bayeux… Continue reading Queen Matilda and The Bayeux Tapestry

Art, mythological art, women of mythology

Bacchantes or Maenads?

Who were them? In fact, there isn’t only one answer. According to some sources Maenads and Bacchantes aren’t the same, they said that Maenads were divine feminine beings who served the god Dionysus, as the nymphs, while the Bacchantes were mortal women who dedicated themselves to his cult. However, the most accepted theory is that… Continue reading Bacchantes or Maenads?

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The Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli

The Last Supper is the final meal that Jesus shared with his apostles in Jerusalem before the crucifixion. This moment is commemorated by Christians especially on Maundy Thursday and it provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist (‘Holy Communion’). It was a very important subject during the Renaissance, especially in Italy. According to the cannonic… Continue reading The Last Supper by Plautilla Nelli