Friday, September 23, 2022

Trojan Horse - Mykonos Vase

 Salvete Omnes, 


Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes (Aeneid)  or Beware of Achaeans [Greeks] bearing gifts - says the saying - :)  -
full line goes - "Equo ne credite, Teucri. Quidquid id est, timeo Danaos et dona ferentes - Do not trust the horse, Trojans! Whatever it is, I fear the Danaans [Greeks], even those bearing gifts."


and one of the earliest surviving visual depictions of the Trojan horse  comes from the collection of  Mykonos Museum (Greece) where  this Greek Archaic period pithos vase (circa 675BC or early 7th century BC) is stored.

and the violence depicted on the vase -


nota bene -
perhaps a depiction of the Trojan Horse making in this ancient pottery

From Virgil's Aeneid, Book II, - 1-56.
"After many years have slipped by, the leaders of the Greeks,
opposed by the Fates, and damaged by the war,
build a horse of mountainous size, through Pallas's divine art,
and weave planks of fir over its ribs
they pretend it's a votive offering: this rumour spreads.
They secretly hide a picked body of men, chosen by lot,
there, in the dark body, filling the belly and the huge
cavernous insides with armed warriors."

A.S. Kline translated


Sunday, September 18, 2022

Open Access - Article Breed Distribution and Allele Frequencies of Base Coat Color, Dilution, and White Patterning Variants across 28 Horse Breeds

 Salvete Omnes,


short entry - a link to the School of Veterinary Medicine,US Davis, study on horse colors and white pattering titled -  Breed Distribution and Allele Frequencies of Base Coat Color, Dilution, and White Patterning Variants across 28 Horse Breeds - you cen read it on their site or download for a later perusal .


Friday, September 16, 2022

Apoloniusz Kedzierski ( 1861-1939)

 Salvete Omnes,

Tatar wagon


Apoloniusz Kedzierski - disciple of Wojciech Gerson, Jozef Brandt and  Nikolaos Gyzis - is a little known Polish painter who died during the siege of Warsaw 1939 by the German army. 


Most of his works were burned by the Germans during and after the Warsaw Uprising 1944.

 from the National museum in Kielce

various works - including photos of his painting at Polona - Polish National Library  site


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Women on horseback in Jan Siberechts' paintings

Salvete Omnes,

Today we will do a long slow canter into the imaginary and real world of pastures, markets, carts and women riding or driving horses etc as seen by a brush master Jan Siberechts of Antwerp.
Jan Siberechts was a Flemish painter who eventually settled in England upon invitation of George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham in 1672.

He painted 'universal' landscapes with Flemish themes, and one of his recurring image is woman riding and driving a horse pulling a cart laden with farms produce or foods etc  for the market, with numerous cows and other farm animals, often driving their carts through a river or fording a river or creek/stream. 



Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tadeusz Rybkowski - genre painter

 Salvete Omnes,


today, I would like to corral some artwork from the brushes and pencil by yet another Polish painter blossomed during the Partition Era - Tadeusz Rybkowski (1848-1926), disciple of Wladyslaw Luszczkiewicz, Leopold Loffler and Hansk Makart. He settled in Austrian held city of Lwow (then much bigger center of Polish culture than Krakow) where he taught and prospered through War World I and Polish Independence wars etc. 

Dorotheum page on maestro Rybkowski


so some of his works (minus the market scenes, as I will make a separate entry about them) - historical paintings, genre paintings, landscapes, horses and Hucul peasants of Carpathian mountains