News about Greek Mythology

Although it might look as an oxymoron*, there are indeed news about ancient Greece and Greek mythology. So I thought about making a kind of blog with the latest news about that... well, at least the "latest" ones I heard about.

So let's start with a series of exhibitions in Florence (Italy) and Paris (France) - in case you get there soon:

The Renaissance and the Dream is an exhibition which you can find in Florence until September 15th, at Palazzo Pitti. After that it will move to Paris, Musée du Luxembourg (October 9th, 2013 - January 26th, 2014). Here is a link to a gallery with some of the paintings. I'll present briefly those painting connected to Greek mythology, because the pages are not translated in English (but I'm sure you can understand it by yourselves):

On page 1 you can see two Allegories of the Night (by Ghirlandaio and Battista Dossi), Venus and Cupid spied on by a satyr (Correggio), Apollo sleeping (Lorenzo Lotto).

Page 2: Paris' dream (van Aelst), Venus waking up and an Allegory with Pan (Dosso Dossi).

Page 3: a  headboard (maybe) with mythological scenes (by Alessandro Allori).

You can read here an article about the exhibition and about other works related to Greek mythology.


Another exhibition of ivory sculptures is called Diaphanous Passions and it can be found in Florence, at Palazzo Pitti, Museo degli Argenti, until November 3rd, 2013 (here is the presentation in English).

In the photo gallery you can find a Hercule fighting the Nemaean lion, by Georg Petel, a Venus and Cupid, by Melchior Barthel, and lots of other sculptures on the 3rd page of the photo gallery: several sculptures by Ignaz Elhafen: two representing The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Judgement of Paris, Pan and Syrinx, Diana and Callisto; others by Antonio Leoni: The Rape of Persephoneand The Sacrifice of Iphigenia.

So go over there to take a look at the pictures... or take the first plane to Florence and come to see them personally!



oxymoron* - no, it's not a moron who breathes oxygen, although it's connected to both oxy(gen) and moron; it means "A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist", see

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