Seán Hemingway writes about the curious and interesting story of Emile Gilliéron (1850–1924) and his son (also named Emile) who played a significant role in restoring the frescoes at Knossos. The father and son team worked for 30 years at the site and also painted "colorful and carefully crafted reproductions... which were disseminated around the world and provided a vivid impression of the new finds that inspired a generation of writers, intellectuals and artists, from James Joyce and Sigmund Freud to Pablo Picasso."
An interesting side note to the story: Gilliéron's "most distinguished pupil was the young Giorgio de Chirico, whose later paintings, such as Ariadne, drew on the mythology of Knossos."
John Seed tells the story of little known Italian painter Romualdo Locatelli who " disappeared while bird hunting in Rizal, north of Manila, never to be seen again." Locatelli's disappearance in 1943 at the height of World War II is intriguing as is his exotic painting career that took him to Bali then on to Axis controlled Philippines.
Original photos and commentary on relief sculptures on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by painter Altoon Sultan who writes: "... my favorite form of sculpture is the relief, both high and low, which may be because it is closer to painting in being tethered to a plane; sensitivity of line is emphasized and narrative flows along the surface."
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