By traveling in Greece and Turkey, I’ve learned a lot more about Classical art and architecture. I find myself describing the ancient sites I’ve seen and usually slip something in about how “bright and colorful” it must have been. That usually stops the conversation. No one believes that ancient Greek and Roman statues were painted! I myself am still trying to wrap my head around what that would have looked like. But it’s true, and now I have my own photographic evidence that statues were colorful:
Posts from the ‘Photo of the Week’ Category
Happy Halloween! New England seems to decorate for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving really well – maybe it has something to do with our close proximity to Salem and Plymouth. I particularly like these pumpkin-headed scarecrows in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The entire downtown is decorated with these 8 feet tall, black clad, wiry fellows. They’re spooky but not very much, since some of them are dressed in old black concert tees.
I posted not too long ago about Stikmen popping up near Boston, so I was on the look out for them in Chicago. I didn’t find any of the road decals but I did find one of the original stick figures. The Art Institute of Chicago sits on Michigan Avenue with the front steps looking down S Adams Ave. As you cross Michigan, literally a few yards from the Chicago Art Institute, there is a Stikman glued to a street light utility box and painted for camouflage. Thousands of people walk this way every day to enter the Museum. I wonder how many noticed the Stikman? I wonder how long he’s been there?
Summer is winding down and I wish I could have one more beach getaway. I would go back to Bodrum Turkey in a heartbeat. After seeing all the beautiful gulets moored lazily in the harbor, all I can think about is week long sail along the southwestern coast. Maybe next year….
This photo was taken looking east from the Bodrum Castle; there were even more ships in the harbor proper.
I found these blocks tucked in a corner at the Ephesus Museum. The figure on the right looks to me like an Eques gladiator (medium round shield and short sword) although the helmet is small. I imagine that this fragment was part of a celebrity fighter’s tomb, now broken and nestled in some overgrown plants.