SWALLOWS WITH LILIES
Inspired from the Fresco of the Lilies in room 2 at Akrotiri, a Bronze Age settlement on the Aegean island of Thera, c. 1500 B.C.
Situated on the ground floor of room 2, the original fresco adorned 3 walls from floor to ceiling. Swallows fly amid stalks of red lilies. The slight bend of the stalks implies a gentle breeze. It is believed that the artist was attempting to express the beginning of spring. Because a millstone and sickle were discovered in room 2, the room is thought to have been a shrine where rites were practiced in relation to a harvest festival and/or the processing of grain.
American artist Steve Bogdanoff is a master in replicating the fresco form. Originally influenced by ancient Greek art, Steve’s career has flourished over the past 23 years, earning him international recognition in his field.
“My initial introduction to fresco art came during my studies of the Minoan civilization, circa 1500BC. The artists on the island of Thera were innovators in utilizing color from the earth, and their free style of drawing and interpretation of subject matter was brilliant. I believe that art as we know it today was borne from these ancient artists, and I honor them through my work.”
Bogdanoff began detailed drawings of people and scenes at age 6, and painting oil on canvas by age 10, which he continued...
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