Venice Biennale- Overview

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

This is the first of three short blogs on the Venice Biennale 2022. How in short blogs to reflect my experience of this event? I was combining my Biennale visits with the Congress of Byzantine Studies where I attended papers on church frescoes iconography. But outside the university walls the shimmering city, an artwork in itself, afforded rich artistic events …

The Torlonia Marbles

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Wonderful that Torlonia Marbles pieces will be available to the public and academics after too many decades in obscurity. Until 18 September 96 masterpieces of mainly Roman art can still be seen in the Gallery d’Italia, Milan, after which they leave for a European tour.

Dionysus and his followers

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

This blog explains how I have introduced themes associated with the god of wine, Dionysus, into my work. Dionysus In whichever land the deity of the wine first took shape as cultivation of the grape inspired a cult, Greek daily life and myth making made him their own. Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, is associated with the development of the …

Punishments in Hades

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

In the second year of my printmaking course, my print work took a figurative turn. It started with a small rubbing of a rock carving, made on a museum visit (from a replica carving of course). Using this as a basis for my first etchings and aquatints, I saw in the crude figures the god of the Greek realm of …

Orpheus and Eurydice

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Part 2: Orpheus In my blog about Eurydice https://margotaloudon.eu/orpheus-and-eurydice/ , we left Orpheus at the point at which Eurydice died for a second time.  A grief-stricken Orpheus continued to roam Thrace, inconsolable, and although with his music he could charm wild animals and indeed the whole natural world, his obsessive grief enraged a mob of Thracian women, perhaps followers of …

A poem I wrote to accompany the 2015 exhibition.

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I also decided to reflect my thoughts on the sad fate of Eurydice in this short poem, with a less than romantic tone. EURYDICE’S POINT OF VIEW The stupid fool, he looked back, lost his head. I could have killed him, But I was once more dead. Downwards. I crossed a river swollen with grief, Crossed another flowing fast With …

Orpheus and Eurydice

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Part 1 Eurydice As mentioned in my previous blog, I have turned full circle to take new pleasure in Greek myth https://margotaloudon.eu/greek-myths-reflected-in-my-work I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to paint Eurydice. I don’t paint like that. Instead the theme emerged when I was taking my inspiration from ancient sculpture and the subject started to find its way out …

Greek Myths reflected in my work

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Because of lockdown, I have been  unable to write about exhibitions. I particularly regret that I missed the Picasso exhibition at the RA. The idea of commenting on an exhibition experienced virtually does not attract me. Therefore, I thought I would write more about my own work. It clarifies things for me too. Already my website explains the influences of …

Troy at the British Museum

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I visited the exhibition on Troy at the British Museum about the myths of Troy, and their interpretation and reinterpretation by artists over the millennia, with a dedicated explanation about the archaeological excavations at Hissarlik, the site identified in northern Turkey as the fabled city https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/troy-myth-and-reality A modern installation comprising sculptures from Antony Caro’s Troy series and a Cy Twombly …