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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
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, […]

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Passover (Jewish Holiday)

Passover (Jewish Holiday)

-Find Passover on Amazon What Does Passover Symbolize? The Passover narrative can be found in Chapter 12 of the Book of Exodus. I have taken part in my fair share of Passover Seders in 22 years (I have Jewish god-parents). Passover Seders are full of symbols that come directly from the text of the Exodus. •    Karpas- some kind of vegetable dipped into salt water. The salt water is symbolic of the tears of the Israelite slaves when they were in Egypt. •    Yachatz- breaking of the Matzah. Recalls God splitting the Red Sea. •    Maggid- the question is asked: Why is this night different from all other nights? The […]

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Mountains in Exodus

Mountains in Exodus

-Find Exodus on Amazon What Do Mountains Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? In the Book of Exodus, mountains were symbols of the sacred. In chapter 3 of the Book of Exodus, Moses encountered a burning bush on Mount Horeb, the mountain of God. In this narrative God charged Moses with the task of, “…I [God] will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” Moses, argued with God about his task because he did not believe that the Pharaoh would listen to him nor would the Israelite people. God told Moses, “I am who I am… Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I […]

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Genesis as a myth

Genesis as a myth

-Find the Book of Genesis on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in the Old Testament Bible? I fell in love with symbols in world religious traditions my sophomore year of college. I was sitting in REL 100- Introduction to Religious Studies when the professor said something that caught my attention and has not let go of it since then. He started talking about myth. My first thoughts were the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Anderson. I soon learned that myth in religious studies had nothing to do with Cinderella. Then my professor said, “The Bible is one of the oldest myths in our world,” for someone […]

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Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

Cain and Abel as Symbols in the Bible

-Learn How to Read Music! What Do Cain and Abel Symbolize in the Old Testament? The narrative of Cain and Abel, found in chapter four of the Book of Genesis, was symbolic of the entrance of violence into society. Cain murdered his brother Abel because Abel’s sacrifice to God was acceptable to God and Cain’s was not. It is important to note that the sacrifices were symbolic of the brothers. Abel was the second-born and gave God the “firstlings of his flock.” Cain was the first-born child and he did not give God the first fruits of his harvest. As the first-born son Cain’s offering should have been acceptable because […]

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Water Symbol in Exodus (Old Testament)

Water Symbol in Exodus (Old Testament)

Find Water in the Bible on Amazon What Does Water Symbolize in Exodus? One of the symbols of the sacred in the Book of Exodus was water. Water came into the picture near the beginning of the text. The Pharaoh commanded, “Every boy that is born to the Hebrews you shall throw into the Nile….” Moses’ mother decided that the only way to protect her son was to place her son in a basket and then place the basket in the Nile River.  The Pharaoh’s daughter found the basket floating down the river, “…She named him Moses, because, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’” In the narrative […]

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Development of Nations (Bible)

Development of Nations (Bible)

Find “The Development of Nations” on Amazon The Rise of Nations in the Bible Symbols have multiple meanings. The Book of Genesis is symbolic of the history of the Nation of Israel. It is also points to something greater than the Nation of Israel. The Book of Genesis is symbolic of how ancient empires came to be. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden is symbolic of the first hunter and gatherer societies. One of the textual key points that illustrates the expulsion of the garden as the beginning of all hunter and gather societies appeared when Cain begged God to be merciful. God was merciful […]

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Final Fantasy IV Party Members (4)

Final Fantasy IV Party Members (4)

Find “Final Fantasy IV” on Amazon What Do the Party Members in FF IV Symbolize? Cid Pollendina: Cid symbolizes creation and advancement. In Final Fantasy IV, Cid is often creating new aircrafts to allow the party to advance further in their quest. Each time the party is stuck, Cid works hard to create a brand new aircraft or device to help them to continue. And if that aircraft is still not enough to further the advancement of the party, Cid just creates a new device to add to the aircraft to ensure it can go wherever the party needs to go. Towards the end of Final Fantasy IV, he is […]

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