In the building of the workshop there were altars. The disciples of Phidias received the nickname of the cleaners, as they were entrusted with the honorable duty of cleaning the statue of Zeus from the settling mud. It is instructive that before starting this work, they sacrificed to Ergan, the goddess of labor. A statue of the goddess of victory, made by the sculptor Paeonius, was later installed on the pedestal on the eastern facade of the temple. It does not have the swiftness that is characteristic of Nika of Samothrace. The master portrayed her as if floating in the air. The goddess personifies confidence in victory, her triumph. Continue reading
The Greek words “tanagra”, “tanagryanka” entered the Russian language about a hundred years ago. They are used today to denote everything fragile, feminine and plastic. The artist V. Serov invented on their basis his term “tanagretika”, meaning by it artless, elegant, the opposite of the cold and rational in art.
The ancient city of Tanagra in Boeotia, in the northeast of the Balkan Peninsula, has gained wide popularity in modern times due to archaeological sensation – the finds of Tanagra figurines. Continue reading