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male.

Active in the Hellenistic era.

Born to a family originally from Alabanda (Caria).

Painter, decorative designer.

Ancient Greek.

According to Vitruvius, Apaturius decorated the walls of the Ekklesiasterion (great hall) of Tralles with an extraordinary sequence of paintings. Against a rich architectural background with an abundance of trompe l'œil carving (statues, centaurs supporting architraves, lion-headed cornices), was a second layer consisting of domes, porches, half-pediments and other architectural motifs. The artist was skilled in the manipulation of the different types of shading needed to make the objects depicted appear to be in true relief. The inhabitants of Tralles were delighted, until the mathematician Licymnius pointed out that it was impossible to have houses and columns resting on the roofs and the tiles of other houses and persuaded Apaturius to change his original decoration. This painter is interesting as a precursor of the decorative style popular at the time of Vitruvius - a style that was purely ornamental and which did not concern itself with architectural practicalities....

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Greek, 20th century, female.

Born 23 December 1930, in Athens.

Painter, decorative artist.

Marilene Aravantino draws very fine profiles apparently made of white string inside delineated frames, in a style reminiscent of Jean Cocteau. She uses a thick, lumpy paste in faded colours. Series of paintings include: ...

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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.

Astrology developed into a scientific branch of learning in ancient Greece, but because of the opposition of the Church Fathers it was transmitted to early medieval Europe in only fragmentary form in technically unsophisticated textbooks and popular divinatory genres. Literary and scientific texts provided more general ideas about the nature and attributes of the planets which were influential on later iconography. The first significant astrological images appear in 11th-century illustrated astronomical texts (e.g. London, BL, Cotton MS. Tiberius BV), which were acquired and produced by monasteries to aid with time-keeping and the construction of the Christian calendar....

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Khania.

Painter, decorative artist.

After several voyages, Photis Condoglou settled definitively in Green in 1922. He worked on pictorial decoration for several churches. Throughout his works, he showed a desire to return to the Byzantine tradition.

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Greek, 20th century, male.

Born 1910, in Athens; died 1985.

Painter, illustrator, decorative designer, poet. Mythological subjects, genre scenes, urban landscapes. Stage sets, stage costumes, icons.

Nico Engonopoulos spent his childhood in Istanbul, then known as Constantinople. After an aimless stay in Paris, he studied at the school of fine art in Athens ...