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Dream by Marc Chagall

Dream by Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall was a Russian painter known as a colorist for his effervescent use of the palate, specifically his love of monochromatic blues. Henry Miller named him “poet with the wings of a painter.”  His world renowned reputation is unlike that of any other.  Perhaps it was his versatility and bewilderment of life in and of itself that makes him so universally revered.   The Dream, created in 1978 was part of his private collection.  This is not unusual for Chagall who was notoriously private, and often even denied he was a painter. The title itself, The Dream is a clue as to where this painting may have been inspired from.  […]

February 24, 2014 | By | Reply More
Seven of Chalices

Seven of Chalices

The Seven of Chalices is a representation in Tarot card reading that represents an illusion. The symbol of the Seven Chalices speaks to over-imagination, confusion, or wishful thinking. The seven cups float on a cloud, showing that sometimes even the choices that seem like the best option are actually not real choices at all.  They are chalices of vision;  they are ungrounded and impractical. Above each of the seven chalices there is a symbol of a choice to be made.  The symbol of a snake represents wisdom and knowledge, though it might also represent animalistic passion and desire, and in effect base knowledge being understood as the truest form of […]

November 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael

Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael

Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael Salvador Dali is one of the most interesting characters in history due to his larger than life personality. Though his surrealist paintings are extremely memorable Dali is also memorable for stirring the pot, for being unafraid, for being unapologetically eccentric and inherently rebellious, for actually embodying surrealism. Self Portrait with the Neck of Raphael symbolizes a humble Salvador Dali.  The light colors which make up the backdrop of the painting give a feel of calm which is a strong juxtaposition to the man who seemingly lived life as a party.  His heavy eyelids symbolize his sleep deprivation and the shadows used by his […]

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Theatre of Dionysus

Theatre of Dionysus

By: Grace Murphy -Find the Theater of Dionysus on Amazon Symbolism and the Theater of Dionysus The Theatre of Dionysus was set in the precinct of Dionysus Eleuthereus, near the Acropolis.  Not uncommon to many theater companies today, performances were mostly presented outside, letting the audience decide to sit or stand, but around 498 B.C.E. it is thought that wooden seats were utilized. Exact formation of this type of arrangement is known today as a proscenium thrust, and can be recognized in major theaters throughout the world. The earliest asset of the Theatre of Dionysus was the orchestra, “The dancing place,” and smack dab in the middle of the orchestra, […]

October 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Taurus Symbol in Astrology

Let the spirit of the goddess shine upon you with a free sample Goddess Within Reading! The Taurus Symbol Meaning The Taurus astrological sign is represented by the Bull.  Like the Bull these people are patient until they are pushed too far, and then they stampede.  Those with the Taurus horoscope symbol also push through issues in their life most people would walk away from. Stubbornness The Zodiac sign of Taurus is one of the four fixed signs, and that makes them stubborn and stable; resolute in all their decisions and actions.  Those with the Zodiac sign of Taurus do not like to deviate from their routine, and use the […]

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C Clef Symbol Meaning and History

C Clef Symbol Meaning and History

-Learn How to Read Music! An Explanation of the C Clef The C clef is one of the lesser known clefs used by musician. Seldom seen in modern music this clef actually has several different names indicating how the clef is used. This clef has also been known as the Alto clef, Tenor Clef, Baritone Clef, Mezzo-soprano clef, and Soprano clef. The determination on what name this particular clef takes all depends on where on the staff it is located. Like the Treble (G) and Bass (F) clef this clef indicates the position of a particular note, in this case C, on the staff. This clef, which looks as though […]

August 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Braving Shakespearean Philosophy

Braving Shakespearean Philosophy

Find Shakespeare’s Philosphy on Amazon A Philosophy of Shakespeare? To think of William Shakespeare only as a scholarly philosopher not only limits the imagination that he calls for, but it is wrong. Shakespeare must have of course been somewhat of a philosopher, but his well known, great speeches are something that his characters have worked up for, just as he did. When educated correctly, anybody in the world no matter what skin color, religion, cultural background, political party, or age group can read Shakespeare’s words and think, “this is so me.” The third preconception is that Shakespeare’s words are primarily narratives. While of course it is important for the students […]

July 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
Time Enough at Last-Twilight Zone 1×08

Time Enough at Last-Twilight Zone 1×08

-Find Episodes of Twilight Zone on Amazon  “Time Enough at Last” Symbolism (Twilight Zone) “Time Enough at Last” is a Twilight Zone episode that is about the dangers of obsession. Henry Bemis, the nerdy glasses-wearing protagonist, loves to read. Books end up being a symbol for obsession, as everything in the story revolves around them. Henry Bemis is always talking about books at his job to customers, even if they don’t care, and goes so far as to read and ignore customers to continue reading. He even sneaks away during work to read. This symbol of his obsession becomes even more apparent when his boss scolds him for reading like […]

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Anton Chekhov and how he became known as the “Great Artist”

Anton Chekhov and how he became known as the “Great Artist”

Find Anton Chekov on Amazon   Anton Chekhov’s artistic vocation sprung from his longing to be heard, and remembered.  More importantly, he wrote for the people, who were also capable of change, he said, “I believe in particular people, I see salvation in particular personalities, scattered here and there throughout the whole of Russia- whether they are intellectuals or peasants, and there is strength in them, though they are few.” Chekhov liked to toy with the idea of whether or not he was a true artist, as great artists always do.  In a letter to Alexei Pleshcheyev, he says, “My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, […]

July 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Find Proud Mary on Amazon The Meaning Behind the song “Proud Mary” The meaning of Proud Mary has often been attributed to drugs, Proud Mary being another name for marijuana. However, Proud Mary interpretation is actually more about poverty than drugs. The song is about a boy leaving the stability of a good job and going into poverty to follow his dreams. Poverty in Proud Mary is the decision of the writer, as shown in the first stanza. “Left a good job in the city, workn’ for the man ev’ry night and day. And I never lost one minute of sleepin’ worryin’’bout the way things might have been.” The writer […]

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