Who is this young man? Why is he diving? Where do these waters lead? Dive in to the subterranean world of greek mythology and Ancient Greek wall painting with art historian Madeleine Love on this exploration of the only surviving example of wall painting from the Ancient Greek world.
This virtual seminar will explore the significance of this work and unlock some of the mysteries behind its enigmatic subject matter. While there are an abundance of examples of Roman fresco paintings, inspired from the Greeks, The Tomb Of The Diver is the only surviving example of wall painting dating back to Ancient Greece. It is a depiction that has inspired and intrigued artists and historians since its discovery in 1968 by Mario Napoli, on the outskirts of the ancient city of Paestum, Magna Graecia. In this seminar we will look the historical context surrounding the work and explore the composition, analysis of pigments used and its symbolism. We will explore how this work offers us a glimpse into the afterlife of the Ancient Greeks. Was it an Orphic cult? Or a depiction emblematic of more common funerary practices. We will discuss the potential for a strong aesthetic influence from the Etruscans and how this work contributes to the evolution of mural painting in the West.
Led by expert art historian and artist Madeleine Love, who specializes in the evolution of hellenic and pre hellenic fresco wall paintings within the Mediterranean and beyond. This conversation will uncover some of the mysteries behind this rare and iconic work. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the origins of painting in the western world and the lost paintings of Ancient Greece.
Madeleine Love is passionate about the origins of painting and the art of ancient fresco. Madeleine specializes in tracing the evolution of fresco within the Mediterranean from early to late antiquity. As an artist and art historian her practice is concerned with the exploration of technique and materials used by ancient and pre historic cultures which inform her research and insight into iconic moments of culture and art history.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.