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Sophie Page

Astrology is the art of predicting events on earth as well as human character and disposition from the movements of the planets and fixed stars. Medieval astrology encompassed both general concepts of celestial influence, and the technical art of making predictions with horoscopes, symbolic maps of the heavens at particular moments and places constructed from astronomical information. The scientific foundations of the art were developed in ancient Greece, largely lost in early medieval Europe and recovered by the Latin West from Arabic sources in the 12th and 13th centuries. Late medieval astrological images were successfully Christianized and were adapted to particular contexts, acquired local meanings and changed over time....

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Kirk Ambrose

Lithuanian art historian, scholar of folklore and Egyptology, and diplomat of Russian birth. Son of the celebrated Lithuanian Symbolist poet of the same name, Jurgis Baltrušaitis II studied under Henri(-Joseph) Focillon at the Sorbonne and earned the PhD in 1931. The concerns of his mentor are evident in ...

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born in Kefallonia.

Painter, illustrator.

Wife of the sculptor Costas Valsamis, Zoe Catrava studied at the school of fine arts in Athens and in Paris and then at the Académie Lhote in 1956. Her work concentrated on illustrations and decorations. She exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries (...

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Alison Stones

Legends and myths in medieval art are often symbolic rather than narrative, appearing as isolated representations on monuments and portable objects and following the tradition of Greek vase painting where individual subjects are depicted and rely on prior knowledge of the stories for recognition and understanding. World histories celebrated great heroes of the past, starting with Creation and biblical history, then the ancient and medieval world with the exploits of the Trojan heroes, Alexander the Great, King Arthur and the campaigns of Charlemagne and his nephew Roland. Northern gods such as Thor were depicted in cult statues (...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1916, in Arta.

Painter, illustrator. Designs for mosaics, stage sets, low reliefs.

Yannis Moralis studied at the Athens school of fine art from 1931 to 1936 and the École des Arts et Métiers in Paris from 1937 to 1939. He also trained in Italy. In ...

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Active in France fromc.1965 to c. 1995.

Born 12 December 1928, in Stavroupoli.

Sculptor, painter, watercolourist, draughtsman, illustrator, ceramicist. Figures, landscapes, seascapes.

Stavros Papassavas trained at the fine arts school in Athens from 1947 to 1952, winning first prize for sculpture. In ...