Freitag, Dezember 31, 2004

ABEL / second son of Adam and Eve, from Heb. Hebhel, lit. "breath," also "vanity."

Abel is the personalized symbol of the first fratricide, the first homicide at all in the Abrahamistic World Outlook.

With this picture I intended to provoke a matter of conscience.
The viewer has the free choise of being Abel's friend, his murderer or his lover...

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Who wants to cast stone ?

Abel was assassinated by his elder brother Kain ... the Lord watched it but he didn't anticipate the bloody deed.

Donnerstag, Dezember 30, 2004


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During the the "Rubens - era" the corpulence was a sign for being in a good health ... today the corpulence mostly accompanied by cellulitis is considered as disfigurement and disease...
The word cellulitis literally means inflammation of the cells. It generally indicates an acute spreading infection of the dermis and subcutaneous tissues resulting in pain, erythema, edema, and warmth.

Tempora mutantur ...

Mittwoch, Dezember 29, 2004

TEMPORA MUTANTUR ...

TEMPORA MUTANTUR, NOS ET MUTAMUR IN ILLIS.

( OVID )

Times are changing and we are changing with them.

(... to be continued)

me by Veniamin.Jpg Posted by Hello this photograph was taken by my friend VENIAMIN KOSTITSIN during an interesting discussion about education and ignorance with the conclusion that ignorance is no excuse for nothing ...

here is the link to Veniamin's website :

http://www.portraiteer.com/www/

Sonntag, Dezember 26, 2004


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... when I was young ... I was used to be my 'own' model ... not for this reason that I was fallen absolutly in love to me ... but because I was able to keep quiet in front of the mirror ;-))

"TRASFORMATION 3"

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The third picture of the triptych "TRANSFORMATIONS" is almost done and I need really a rest period now ...

This triptych reveals the basic phenomenon of the horrible "human impuls" to destroy 'his neighbour' for being in power ...


This is the way of the so-called ONE - UPMANSHIP.

How sad a fate!

Samstag, Dezember 25, 2004

TRANSFORMATION 3 ( still in process)


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Sonntag, Dezember 19, 2004

ECCE HOMO OR ABOUT THE NUDE BODY IN THE OCCIDENTAL ART - a small essay

The human being in his corporal beauty was the subject-matter of the occidental art from that moment when the ideational realisation of his individual singularity has taken place as a normal fact ...

But 'corporal nudity' doesn't mean only beauty and sex-appeal but also vulnerability and scream ...

(to be continued)

THE LONELINESS OF NARCISSUS

sorry, I wanted to write the title above, but doing this the picture "The loneliness of Narcissus" was canceled unexpectedly ... I'll re-edit it now in a new post ...

NARCISSUS


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NARCISSUS AND ECHO


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KNOW THYSELF ... GNOTHI SAUTON ... SELF-KNOWLEDGE

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Gnôthi Sauton - These words, chiseled into the wall of the pronaos, the front porch, of APOLLO's temple, would have greeted you as you made your way into the sanctuary dramatically situated on the sheer slope of Mount Parnassus in central Greece.

Gnôthi Sauton means "Know thyself," fit advice for those who would understand how to apply Apollo's riddling prophecies to their own lives.
Yet it might as well serve as a motto for ancient Greek literature in general. For self-knowledge was fundamental not just to the philosophizing of a SOCRATES or PLATO. Think of Greek tragedy - OEDIPUS, whose life-and-death struggle was ultimately with the truth of his identity and of his past. Think of NARCISSUS who fell in love in his own reflection ...

But think also of St. MATTEW, XIX, 19 : Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself...

Freitag, Dezember 17, 2004

one of Epictetus' quotes

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"If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned"
(Epictetus)

my mentor EPICTETUS 55 - 135


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RESUME

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This was a small compendium of all those persons who influenced me strongly when I was young.

But the most important man for me was EPICTETUS.
I choosed him to be my mentor...
EPICTETUS held that all human beings are perfectly free to control their lives and to live in harmony with nature. After intense study of the traditional Stoic curriculum (established by Zeno of Citium and Chrysippus) of logic, physics, and ethics, EPICTETUS spent his entire career teaching philosophy and promoting a daily regime of rigorous self-examination. He eventually gained his freedom, but was exiled from Rome by Domitian in 89.

Donnerstag, Dezember 16, 2004

ALBERT CAMUS, 1913 - 1960


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"We come into the world laden with the weight of an infinite necessity".
(Albert Camus)

Albert Camus died on January 4, 1960 in a 'car accident'. The driver, his publisher and friend Michel Galliardi, also died. This was agreat shock for my friends and me for there was suspected in general a political murder ...

ALBERT CAMUS

Influenced by the philosophers Søren Kierkegaard, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Friedrich Nietzsche, Camus argues that life is essentially meaningless, although humans continue to try to impose order on existence and to look for answers to unanswerable questions. Camus uses the Greek legend of SISYPHUS, who is condemned by the gods to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity, as a metaphor for the individual's persistent struggle against the essential absurdity of life. According to Camus, the first step an individual must take is to accept the fact of this absurdity. If, as for Sisyphus, suicide is not a possible response, the only alternative is to rebel by rejoicing in the act of rolling the boulder up the hill; Camus further argues that with the joyful acceptance of the struggle against defeat the individual gains definition and identity.

THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS firmly established Camus's philosophical stance on the necessity for revolt, but he later gave greater definition to the goal of ceaseless struggle against the absurd.

THE ARTIST ( by OSCAR WILDE )

One evening there came into his soul the desire to fashion an image of The Pleasure that abideth for a Moment. And he went forth into the world to look for bronze. For he could only think in bronze. But all the bronze of the whole world had disappeared, nor anywhere in the whole world was there any bronze to be found, save only the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that endureth for Ever. Now this image he had himself, and with his own hands, fashioned, and had set it on the tomb of the one thing he had loved in life. On the tomb of the dead thing he had most loved had he set this image of his own fashioning, that it might serve as a sign of the love of man that dieth not, and a symbol of the sorrow of man that endureth for ever. And in the whole world there was no other bronze save the bronze of this image. And he took the image he had fashioned, and set it in a great furnace, and gave it to the fire. And out of the bronze of the image of The Sorrow that endureth for Ever he fashioned an image of The Pleasure that abideth for a Moment.

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Dienstag, Dezember 14, 2004


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FROM NIETZSCHE TO OSCAR WILDE

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I'll continue my visits to those persons who swayed me in my younger days, calling on OSCAR WILDE who was swayed on his part by NIETZSCHE ( who was only ten years older than WILDE ).

"Ships are save in a harbour. But that is not what they are built for."
(Oscar Wilde, 1854 - 1900)


Montag, Dezember 13, 2004

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, philosopher, poet, musician, rebel, dissident...


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from 15 - 10 - 1844 until 25 - 08 - 1900

It's only a stone's throw from APOLLO to NIETZSCHE and back to FREUD and to the present ...

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It's only a stone's throw from APOLLO to FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, for Nietzsche who was not only a philosopher and an artist, but a philologist too, was the originator of the APOLLINIAN IDEA.

(As a philologist, Nietzsche's interest, very naturally, was fixed upon the literature of Greece and Rome ).

When he had worked out the theory of GREEK TRAGEDYand of GREEK LIFE, he set out, at once, to apply it to modern civilization, to see if it could explain certain ideas of the present as satisfactorily as it had explained one great idea of the past.

He found that it could: that men were still torn between the APOLLINIAN IMPULSE to conform and moralize and the DIONYSIANS who stood for change ...

Sonntag, Dezember 12, 2004

APOLLO, THE SYMBOL FOR THE UBIQUITOUS SUN, THE SYMBOL FOR BEAUTY, ART AND CREATIVITY.

APOLLO, according to the Greeks, was the inventor of music, poems and oratory, and so such, became the god of all art.

Under his beneficent sway the Greeks became a race of artists and acquired all the refinement and culture that this implies.

Samstag, Dezember 11, 2004

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE's APOLLO


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SIGMUND FREUD


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OVID


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from SIGMUND FREUD to OVID

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During my occupation with Sigmund Freud I found my way to Ovid who inspired me once to do a cycle of some pen drawings to the subject :

"APOLLO AND HIS MORTAL FAVORITES"

... Whensoever one of Apollo's Love-Stories came up to a climax, the young and mortal lover died unexpectedly and Apollo 'metamorphoesed' him to a beautiful flower or to a gorgeous tree ...

APOLLO AND CYPARISSUS 1


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Cyparissus, one of Apollo's mortal favorites, accidentally killed a sacred stag one day. His feelings of guilt made him beg for death, and so Apollo made him a cypress tree. He was among the trees that Orpheus charmed.

APOLLO AND CYPARISSUS 2


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Cyparissus: He is a young boy loved by Apollo and turned into a cypress tree.

APOLLO AND HYACINTHUS 1


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APOLLO AND HYACINTHUS 2


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OVID's METAMORPHOSES and their psychological contents

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Ovid's influence on Western art and literature cannot be exaggerated. The Metamorphoses is our best classical source of 250 myths. "The poem is the most comprehensive, creative mythological work that has come down to us from antiquity" (Galinsky). Based on its influence, "European literature and art would be poorer for the loss of the Metamorphoses than for the loss of Homer" (Hadas). Ovid was a major inspiration for Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton ... If Virgil is Rome's greatest poet, Ovid is the most popular (even in his own time; Ovidian graffiti has been found on the walls of Pompeii).

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Hyacinthus transcaspicusA Hyacinth is any plant of genus Hyacinthus, which are bulbous herbs formerly placed in the lily family Liliaceae but now regarded as the type genus of the separate family Hyacinthaceae. Hyacinths are native to the Mediterranean region as well as South Africa. They are named after the Hyacinth from Greek mythology.

APOLLO AND HIS YOUNG LOVER HYACINTHUS


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Apollo is the first Greek god who fell in love with a member of the same sex, for example with the beautiful young Spartan prince named Hyacinthus.Hyacinthus was killed by Zephyr, who also loved him...

THE DEATH OF HYACINTH by TIEPOLO


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This story is not only an interesting example for an ancient gay-tragedy but also the best example for the fact of the Greek mythology as a basis for the contemporary psychology.

An ancient Greek tragedy of jealosy APOLLO - HYACINTHUS - ZEPHYR

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CEPHYRUS : the WEST wind, the westerly

APOLLO : the sun ( rising in the EAST )

HYACINTHUS FELL IN LOVE WITH APOLLO's WARMTH AND GLOW


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Freitag, Dezember 10, 2004

... BUT ZEPHYROS ( the WESTERLY) was HYACINTH's FIRST LOVER


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Yet each man kills the thing he loves By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!
Some kill their love when they are young, And some when they are old; Some strangle with the hands of Lust, Some with the hands of Gold: The kindest use a knife, because The dead so soon grow cold.
Some love too little, some too long, Some sell, and others buy; Some do the deed with many tears, And some without a sigh: For each man kills the thing he loves, Yet each man does not die.
(Oscar Wilde)

Mittwoch, Dezember 08, 2004

NOSTALGIA

castor's diary

Everything is passing by
like the traces in the sand ...

Only the yearning

persists .

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