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The Life and Work of Greek Surrealist Nikos Engonopoulos

Greek surrealist painter and poet Nikos Engonopoulos is one of the most well-known modern Greek painters internationally. He was an important figure in the Generation of the 1930s, a prominent group of artists and thinkers in Greece. This group was fascinated...

Banksy’s Self-Shredding Artwork Sells for $25.4 Million

Famed anonymous street artist Banksy has sold a self-destructing artwork for $25.4 million on Thursday. The piece is well known for shredding itself into pieces immediately after being sold for $1.4 million at an auction three years ago. The...

Guide to the Classics: Sappho, a Poet in Fragments

Sappho sang of desire, passion, and love – mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.  By Marguerite Johnson For those...

The Story Behind the “Greek Foot” and its Medical Explanation

The famous Greek foot commonly found in ancient Greek statues, was initially attributed to the Golden Ratio artists were seeking for their works

Roman-era Marble Head Found in Sea off Preveza, Greece

An exquisite sculpture of a head made of Pentelic marble was discovered in the sea off Preveza, in Epirus, western Greece, this week. The Greek Ministry of the Interior announced on Tuesday that the Roman-era head of a sculpture had...

Bisexual Superman Outrages Conservative America

A forthcoming issue of the Superman comic portrays Jonathan Kent as bisexual, featuring a romantic encounter between the Man of Steel and a male reporter. Kent, the new iteration of Superman, who is the son of Clark Kent and Lois...

Spring Fresco of Santorini: The First Painting of Nature Scene in European Art History

The Spring Fresco found at the Late Bronze Age site of Akrotiri in Santorini is considered to be the first painting of a nature scene in European art history

Acropolis Museum in Athens Deserves to Welcome Parthenon Sculptures

UNESCO recently called for the return of the Parthenon sculptures to Athens from the British Museum, but the appeal has fallen on deaf ears. By Alexis Georgoulis - (MEP European Left) The day that UNESCO called for the return of the...

Rare Icons Stolen from Greek Monastery Repatriated from Germany

Greek authorities reclaimed earlier in the week two rare icons that were stolen from a monastery in northern Greece and illicitly exported to Germany. Greek authorities took possession of the icons, dating back to the 18th century and which depict...

History of Mermaids and their Origins in Ancient Greek Sirens

Mermaids, or folkloric creatures with the head and upper body of a woman and lower body of a fish, appear in many cultures across the world. Many have traced the contemporary conception of a mermaid to the ancient Greek...

UNESCO Urges Return of Parthenon Marbles to Greece

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has made a momentous decision to urge the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum, according to a statement from Greece’s Culture Minister on Thursday. Culture Minister Lina Mendoni...

‘Kallos: The Ultimate Beauty’ Exhibition Opens in Athens

The President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou celebrated the opening of the new exhibition at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, "Kallos: The Ultimate Beauty," on Monday. The exhibition features over 300 works of art from ancient Greece...

Epic Tales of Love and Jealousy Between the Gods in Greek Mythology

Some of the most famous stories of love and jealousy come from tales of lust between the gods in Greek mythology. Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods, was not only known for being the most prominent deity in the...

Athens is Focal Point of International Press in Late September

Apart from its history and its museums, Athens is expected to become the focus of international press in late September because of a series of exhibitions and conferences taking place in the city. Various Athens sites, including the famous Benaki...

The Louvre Celebrates Greek Independence in Stunning New Exhibition

The Louvre, the second largest art museum in the world, is celebrating the bicentennial of the Greek War of Independence with an impressive new exhibition entitled "Paris-Athens, The Birth of Modern Greece, 1675–1919." The show, which opens at the end...