IMG_1989Me and a Friend were on our way to check out the puppy therapy and I stubbled  across this painting on the wall of the second floor in the Student Center. This painting looks very modern. It reminds me of Kandinsky Composition IV and Improvisation 28 with all the bright colors and a mix of lines and shapes all over the canvas. Its a flat painting. However unlike Kandinskys paintings this painting is full of dimensional images that literally pop out at you. In the right corner the squares have linear perspective.It also uses layering of paint or clay to build dimension.

-Anora A. Team Diana

Cant live like this

Screenshot 2017-12-09 16.36.23Philippe Bertrand (French, 1663-1724). Lucretia. 1704 or earlier. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Web. 9 Dec 2017.

The image above is a sculpture of Lucretia stabbing herself in the chest. She is sculpted as a fluid figure. She has an ideal Roman body. Her dress sticks to her and flows without concealing her body similar to that of the “Three goddesses from the east pediment of the Parthenon”. Although that sculpture was made to accommodate slope of pediment, the sculpture of Lucretia was not. However this sculpture also leans in a slope. The clothe hanging off of her hand looks very thick as opposed to the one her body which appears thin.

“They found Lucretia sitting in her bedchamber, grieving. At the arrival of her own family, tears welled in her eyes. In response to her husband’s question, “Is everything all right?”, she replied, “Not at all”. (Livy 58)

This image is similar to the text because it show Lucretia on her “bedchamber” and the grief in her face. It showed the outcome of her pain. The difference between the picture and the quote is the time frame, she hadn’t stabbed herself yet.

The artist made her head lean back and her face the way it is to possibly portray her grief and to make it more vivid to viewers. He also left one of her breasts uncovered, that may have been his way to portray the feelings Lucretia had, that she was not honorable anymore. It seems to be that the artist interest was to show Lucretia ending her life. I think this was the most important part of that text. She killed herself to show “unchaste” women it wasn’t acceptable to live life after such a horrible event occurs to you.

-Anora, Team Diana

Wavy book


As I was thinking of what I would post for the art blog, a book my parents read to me as a child came to mind. This book was tales from Alexander Pushkin, a Russian author. The outside and inside covers show a picture of a wave that reminded me of “The Great Wave off Kanagaw”. Its a form of Japanese art but mixed in with western art.

The drawing on the cover and inside of the book portrays waves. In Hokusai’s painting there are waves and one big wave that looks like its about to crash down. In this book there also one wave that appears bigger then the rest and looks like its about to come back down. However unlike the book, where the waves are simple in Hokusai’s work the waves are more in detail. The waves look mean and harsh. Theres also background which shows Mount Fuji unlike in the book where its just the sky and a bird.

Caesar the pit bull.

  • Lives of Illustrious Men (**GNAEUS POMPEIUS MAGNUS Experts)

“Caesar could not keep back tears, and he took care that the head was burned with many very costly perfumes.”

This was written to portray what had happened to Julius Caesar after Pompey’s death. He appears to be a soft hearted man who cried at the death of Pompey and very knowable for he took his head and burnt it with perfume, the best way possible.

  • Cassius Dio (Book 44.7-20)

8. 4“hence most men suspected him of being inflated with pride and hated him for his haughtiness, when it was they themselves who had made him disdainful by the exaggerated character of their honours.”

In this quote it shows Julius Caesar as someone that is full of themselves and is swayed by others affection/attention.

I choose these quotes because they show two different sides of Julius Caesar. In the first one it makes Caesar look like a kind person that looks out for others. While in the second quote it looks as though he cares only about himself and his well being.


The image I took was of me and my dog, Caesar which is derived from the name Julius Caesar. I think he was named Caesar because Julius Caesar was a strong leader and emperor. Caesar is a blue nose which makes their structure look very big and muscular, which may come off scary, making him look strong.  

Unlike the first quote where Julius Caesar comes off as a softie my dog is an actually softie. He such a sweet dog that he wouldn’t be able to hurt anyone. For the second quote my dog does not relate because he is not full of himself. But it can be interpreted as such, a lot people hate the pit bull breed because these dogs are “aggressive” but in fact the only reason they are like this is because of the owners treatments towards them. So too Julius Caesar became the way he was because of the people.

Anora, Team Diana

Linear perspective in Atlantic City

linear perspectiveA couple of months ago I went with my friend to Atlantic city and being the devoted friend I  took a picture of her. As i was looking at the picture I realized it has some hints of linear perspective. It was a perfect picture of a real life situation where you see linear perspective. In the pictures I draw out the non existing lines of linear perspective. The yellow line symbolizes the horizon line. The blue lines represent the orthogonal lines. The place they all connect is where the vanishing point is. One difference there would be in linear perspective in the picture I took and the one we learnt about in class is that we learnt about linear perspective in a painting such as Masacios Holy Trinity.

-Anora A, Team diana

Brooklyns Arches

IMG_1778This picture was taken in Brooklyn College as you can see. I decided to use this picture because you see similar structure that we learned about in class right outside of our classroom. The arches you see in this picture resemble the arches found in Santa Sabina. The windows in the Santa Sabina were also arched shape and the allowed light to flow into the church. Similarly the arches outside Ingersoll hall and Boylan hall allow light to enter classrooms behind it. However unlike the  Santa Sabina which had Corinthian columns holding up arches, here you just have a brick pillars holding it up. The Santa Sabina also used marble for decor and spoils form other christian buildings. While here you see Brooklyn college did not use marble or spoils in the creation of the arches. But one thing they did use was the christian idea of arches.

-Anora A. Team Diana

Global slavery

As I was looking up the search term, Sicily Rome “Slave Rebellion” “United States” I came across many articles and books. One article I found beneficial for this blog post was “Atlas of Slavery” written by Walvin, James. His targeted audience for writing this book seems to be the general public or anyone that is interested in understanding the history of slavery through out the world. Walvin writes the chapters of his book based on different places slavery took place from The ancient world, Europe, united states and many more places. He also writes about different time periods of slavery for instance slave resistance, abolition movements and after abolition. The search terms connect in his book in different ways. The words Sicily Rome and “Slave Rebellion” are seen in his book when he states “The great Roman slave revolt led by Spartacus in 73-71 BC remains perhaps the best-remembered slave revolt (if only because of the epic savagery subsequently meted out to the defeated slaves crucified in their thousands by Romans)”[chapter 17 pg 115]. Theres also a connection between “Slave Rebellion” and “United States” seen in chapter 17,page 116 saying “In South Carolina in 1739, Stono’s rebellion was grouped around twenty rebellious Angolan salves keen to escape to Spanish Florida.” Looking at Ancient text from Diodorus, The Library, fragments from book 34/35 it talks about slaves in Sicily and Italy. “27 So great a multitude of slaves overflowed all of sicily, like a deluge, that the excessive number seemed incredible to all who heard it.” As in Walvin’s book we see that slaves were everywhere around the world in a numerous amount just like in sicily.

Cite: Walvin, James, Atlas of Slavery. Florence, GB: Taylor and Francis.2014. Proquest Ebook Central Reader.Web. 04 Nov. 2017.

-Anora A, Team Diana

Brooklyn Musuem


As I was driving to the city I spotted this building that looked perfect for my art blog. That building was non other then the Brooklyn Museum. It is located in Brooklyn heights by Eastern parkway.  As i was studying it, I noticed that it had an ionic frieze and an ionic capital. However, I wasn’t able to see the base because it was covered by a glass looking walk through. It also has a pediment which represents ionic order. The Brooklyn Museum had a outer frieze that resembled that of the parthenon. I realized that unlike the ionic frieze it had a corinthian styled frieze with no sculptures at all. While the parthenon had 8 columns the Brooklyn museum only had 6 columns.

-Anora A., Team Diana

Do you know who Alexander the Great is?

1.Anatoliy A., brother, 30 years old, in the car

Q: Do you know who Alexander the great was? A: Yes

Q: What do you know about him? A: He was king of Macedonia. He was a great conqueror, he took over many lands. I think he started spread of hellenism. He had something to do with gods and goddesses. He died at a young age, on the way back form conquering land.

Q: Where did you learn about him? A: On the history channel. They show tons of images and artifacts from his time.

We went through google looking for images he saw and one:


He told me it was Alexander the Greats tomb. They showed it towards the end of the show.

  1. Marina A., mom, 48 years old, at home

Q: Do you know who Alexander the great was? A: Yes

Q: What do you know about him? A: He was a greek king and conquerer. He conquered half the world. He traveled and conquered from Greece till Israel. He was advised by his mother, she was very dear to him. His partner or second in command was Marcus.

Q: Where did you learn about him? A: In school. From reading books.

  1. Neriya C., friend, 20 years old, text message

Q: Do you know who Alexander the great was? A: Yes

Q: What do you know about him? A: He was a greek king. Very powerful. I think he played a big part in the Torah.

Q: Where did you learn about him? A: I learnt about him when I was younger in school.

Most of the things my mom and friends knew about Alexander the Great are similar. They all know that Alexander the Great was an important person, he was a king who conquered many lands. He was smart and tactical. Most of them knew who he was in a general sense, but didn’t know how he came about. A lot of the things they once knew about him they didn’t remember anymore. The story is pretty interesting, I wish they could read it at least once in their lifetime just to know who Alexander the Great truly was. I think its important to know about him. You learn more about history, conquerers and hellenism. Plus, if anyone ever decides to ask you questions about him like my classmates and I were told to do they can answer with a lot more details and information.

The answers I received about Alexander the Great were somewhat similar to what we learned in class. Everyone I asked about Alexander the Great said he was a king. Indeed he was, he was known as the king who had horns. They also all knew that he was a conqueror and very strong. In class we learnt that Phillip, his father, was given an oracle, who ever mounts the beast of a horse he owns in his saddles will be ruler over the world. “And he, recalling and remembering what had happened concerning this, went forth to meet his son. And he greeted him, saying, “Hail, Alexander, conqueror of the world.” And Philip remained cheerful and happy in the secret and hidden hope for his son.” Alexanders Romance [48]. From here we see that oracle was referring to Alexander the great who latter on became the “conqueror of the world.

My brother had seen an image in one of his shows and we came across it in google images. It was funny that he had seen that image since we just went over it in both art and classics class. The tomb was from Sidon, 330 B.C.. It seems as though the sculptures on outside of tomb resemble archaic period. They all have potential for movement, there all in a fighting stance. The tomb also has a frieze. The outer frieze was decorated with Alexander the Great and his victories.


Romm James,”Ghost on the Throne: the death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire, 2011, History Today, Web. October 9, 2017.

-Anora A., Team Diana

Bee’s World

“When you’re sitting in front of a hive, you’re in a different world,” he says, waxing poetic. “Inside the hive … is quite possibly the perfect society…..” says Detective Anthony Planakis. 20 years off working in the police department Detective Anthony Planakis found that helping a broken beehive set him to be a “bee whisperer”, even earning the name “Tony Bees”. In this article Planakis continues to describe the “perfect society” in which bees live in as “There is no nepotism, no jealousy, no fighting among the individuals. In order for it to survive, everyone has to work in unison.” It seems as though Planakis believes that bees live in a “perfect society” as opposed to our human society. We are lacking a lot of aspects that are included in a society. For instance “Asked what most pisses off bees, he spits out: “Ignorance. You have to respect, respect, respect. They’ve been around for 45 million years. Don’t walk up there thinking that you’re the man, you’re going to take them down.”” That refers to another major factor our society lacks; Respect—respect to others, respect to elders, respect to nature, respect to ourselves.

I feel as though that we do live in the same society—an imperfect society in which we have all the flaws a “bees perfect society” doesn’t have. I agree with Planakis definition of bees perfect world, since we do get jealous of people around us, we do fight with other people wether we have valid excuses or not, and we don’t always work together. We don’t have that perfect society. Plato seems to agree with us living in an imperfect world, as seen in Reeve Plato extracts “Indeed, all men believe that injustice is far more profitable to themselves than is justice.” Man wants whatever benefits themselves therefore we cant achieve a perfect society like the bees have.

MLA Cititation:

“The buzziest guy in town NYPD Detective Anthony Planakis has a honey of a job: saving the city from swarms of up to 36,000 bees at a time.” New York Post [New York, NY], 27 July 2014, p. 045. New York State Newspapers, Accessed 16 Sept. 2017.

-Anora, Team Diana

Barbaric chastisment.

He appears in the first instance to have been the instigator of this bizarre and frankly barbaric chastisement.” This is quoted from The Gazette, referring to the shooting of young children by their parents. The father first introduced that way of punishment to the mother and has been using it to enforce the rules ever since. “The pair, aged 50 and 33, would use the weapon on their five kids – aged seven to 15 – whenever they stepped out of line. The father kept it down the side of the sofa and would hand it to their mother to use when he left their Blackpool home.” The Gazette is making it clear the “other” in terms of the word barbaric is in-fact referring to the parents which used abuse as a form of punishment. I believe that the ‘target audience’ for this article is everyone. Every one can see the injustice done to these kids. A social value that is being affirmed as a shared value is that child abuse is unacceptable. These kids grew up being shot for wrongs they did. For instance, The Gazette recounts “one girl, 13, said she was shot when she dropped things, telling officers: “I drop stuff nearly every day.””. Abuse shouldn’t be accepted as a norm or a way to rebuke someone.

The word ‘barbaric’ in relation to this article does not refer to the same meaning of barbaric displayed in “Herodotus’ Histories”. In “Herodotus’ Histories” barbaric is referred to someone who is from a different place and speaks different language then your own. We see this clearly in “Herodotus’ Histories (1.4) : “For Asia, with all the various tribes of barbarians that inhabit it, is regarded by the Persians as their own; but Europe and the Greek race they look on as distinct and separate.”


Smith, Rachel. “Parents Who Shot Their Kids with a Bb Gun Sentenced.” Blackpool Gazette, 9 Sept. 2017. Google News,

– Anora, Team Diana

Die Hard


From one language to another or from one translation to another meanings are changed. Most translations are meant to convey the same meaning but at times can be interpreted in a vast way. In the image above is an advertisement for the american movie “Die Hard” translated in Russian as “Tough nut”. It may have been portrayed that way since sometimes people are referred to as a “tough nut to crack” meaning there a challenge  . So too, “die hard” would be considered as a difficult task; making dying hard.

In “Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite” there are two translations. In the first translation by Gregory Nagy it states: We were having a good time, and a crowd so large that you couldn’t count them was standing around us in a circle.Then it was that the one with the golden wand, the Argos-killer, abducted me.He carried me over many fields of mortal humans and over vast stretches of land unclaimed and unsettled, where wild beasts, eaters of raw flesh, roam about, in and out of their shaded lairs.” (lines 120-124)

The second translation by William Blake Tyrrell states:Many of us nymphs and virgins worth many oxen were playing, and an endless company encircled us.From there he carried me off, Argeiphontes of the golden wand.He led me across the many works of mortal men,over vast land unowned and uncultivated, that carnivorous beasts roam throughout shadowy haunts.”(lines 120-124)

In the first translation Gregory Nagy gives a more descriptive and clearer outline to whats taking place. For instance he writes “We were having good time, ….” unlike the second translation says that the “nymphs and virgins worth many oxen were playing”. The word playing does not inform us that they had a good time or of what they were playing. That is just one example of a translation being unclear or different some may be found in books and others in our everyday lives.

-Anora, Team Diana