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"From the scattered fragments of ancient folk tales and names dimly remembered the vast mythical fabric was created of the strife between gods and men in which multivarious life became mirrored and events understood as the effect of causes. . . . . " (The Emergence of literary Subjects - Mythical Themes in Greek Art - Otto F. Brendel )

World Art Treasures - "If one compares the scale of dimensions in any photograph of a gathering of people perhaps even a congress of philosophers with Raphael's School of Athens, one finds that the photograph shows a crowd of indeterminate beings in an equally indeterminate setting . . . . . Raphael's fresco, on the other hand, in spite of its great number of figures, at once gives the feeling of something constructed, and the longer one looks at it the stronger the feeling becomes. In the presence of this fresco, mind and sensibility are soon made aware that its dimensions are not a chance matter, as in the photograph, but that they are all related to some scale of magnitude." - ("A shared Vision comprises the collection of works of art built up by Jacques-Edouard Berger and now on loan at Lausanne's Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains, together with essays linked to his passion for collecting - Fondation Jacques-Edouard Berger)

Yale Collections Online - "Usable and Useful for teaching, learning, research, and dissemination . . . . Cross Collection Discovery (CCD) provides a way to search across Yale's collections of art, natural history, books, and maps, as well as photos, audio, and video documenting people, places, and events that form part of Yale's institutional identity and contribution to scholarship. The content searchable in CCD will grow as additional University departments make use of the service to share Yale's collections with the Yale community and the world." - (Yale Peabody Museum, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Library Map Collection, Lewis Walpole Library Prints and Drawings, Office of Digital Dissemination)

Timelines of Art History - (Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC) (Digital media transforms Malraux's vision of the 'museum in our head' as it becomes an avenue for opportunity through interactive tools and concepts of exchange --for there is increased accessibility of resources for development and significant development of themes, conferences and the 'symposium' )

California Indian Library Collections (U.C. Berkeley)- "The California Indian Library Collections has collected, duplicated, assembled, and shipped more than 11,000 textual documents, nearly 25,000 photographs, and over 3,400 audio tapes. There is reward and satisfaction in having prepared over 17,000 manuscript pages for finding guides to the collections and publishing these in 44 volumes. Now a Native Californian in a remote area of northern California may find a photograph of his or her grandmother or hear, for the first time, his grandfather sing or tell a story. Researchers in rural areas are using the collections for legal defense as well as research material for documentation of an important period in California history."

Encyclopedia Mythica - "The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions that will ease your search. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, Greek heroic legend, and fascinating folktales from many lands."

The Office of Imaging, Printing and Photographic Services - "The Smithsonian's central source for the creation, processing, distribution and archival storage of photographs and digital images - View images from 'Science Defined by the Hands of a Book Artist' - 'It's A Material World: What Things Are Made of and Why' - other Exhibitions . . . . and search and browse through selected images from the Smithsonian collections."

Singapore National Heritage Board - "To make Heritage an Enriching Part of Everyone's Life . . . . Picture in your mind the national, historical and emotional significance of these important locations where significant events took place . . . . Be inspired by the beauty, elegance and ingenuity behind works of art . . . . " - Trails, Museums & Heritage Centres, Sites & Monuments, Exhibitions, Conservation

Earth and Moon Viewer - "You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe. . . . In addition to the Earth, you can also view the Moon."

ABZU - "A Guide to information related to the study of the Ancient Near East on the Web - (The Oriental Institute Research Archives, University of Chicago) - In 'The Sumerian Dictionary of the University of Pennsylvania 'abzu' is described as "A mythical place where the life influencing powers reside and where their results, as well as the means to influence their effects, originate . . . . "

Astonishing Heaven ? - "We hope that by viewing these objects, which represent hundreds of various artistic techniques and materials, visitors will be able to explore their eigmatic and enchanting qualities . . . . Natural clay, minerals, rare ivory and ordinary olive stones each possess their own uniquely beautiful characteristics . . . . a jade cabbage, carved ivory ball, olive stone boat . . . . "

Official Website of the Olympic Movement - Search Years. Sports, Athletes, Countries . . .

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NOTES: - "Clay, bronze, bone, ivory, and glass objects (6th century B.C. - 3rd century A.D.) . . . . Sculpture, Coins, Pottery, Lamps, Amphoras . . . . "

QUOTES: -"Never before have the seriousness and reality of human situations been revealed so lucidly; have the crises of decision, the fatal interplay of human wills, and the force of circumstances been so impressively shown. Myth was the given theme of the epic. Under its impact, in Greek thought, the world became narratable even before it became knowable in terms of science. Clearly the grasp of reality in a myth differs from that which descriptive science offers. A myth is not a true statement of fact, nor a direct representation of a reality at hand: it rather constitutes the opposite, namely a transfer of experienced facts into a created fantasy. Yet as such it can be turned into a reasoned account of events, however fictitious; indeed, a guide to reality. . . . The Greek world simply was a world founded on literature, intellectually, because myth, which is a literary form of narrative, had come to mould the common modes of knowledge. As a matter of course, artists shared these universal interests and experiences, like everyone else. But as a consequence an entire new dimension of meaning and connotations accrued to the visual images of art, beyond that primary symbolism which all images convey by themselves as representations of reality. The power of the artist to bind the ineffable and abstract in concrete and visible forms was thus enormously extended. " [p. 143-44] (Brendel, Otto F. Part Three: The Early & Middle Archaic Period. Chapter 12 - Literary Aspects of Archaic Art, The Emergence of Literary Subjects - Mythical Themes in Greek Art. In 'Etruscan Art.' New York: Penquin Books. 1978)

"Let them know, let them love, let them recall." (Maximus of Tyre, Dissertation XXXVIII - p. 239)

THE WORK FEATURED ABOVE: - Detail from 'Héraklès et le lion de Némèe. Greek Amphore . 3e quart 6e siè'cle av JC. Matériaux / Techniques: Terre cuite, peinte. Lieu de conservationRouen; musée départemental des Antiquités renseignements sur le musée. Droits photo Deslandes Yohann (JOCUND). Authorization: ADAGP (Societié des Auteurs Dans les Arts Graphiques et Plastiques) . . . . . . . MUSIC: - Sutukung Kumbu Sora and Solo (Tomora Ba Tuning) - From Kora Duets, Folkways Records, 1979 (Gambia). (Smithsonian Global Sound)


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