Fallen Warrior from Temple of Aphaia c BC There is a tragic pathos to this mighty sculpture of a dying hero from a temple on the Greek island of Aegina. Tragedy is a Greek concept. The tragedies of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus are still performed.
Highway 90, the more interesting alternative to Interstate 10 for those heading west. The San Antonio-based nonprofit foundation of about members maintains relations with private ranchers to encourage rock art stewardship and provide public access to archeological sites.
The foundation leads regular tours to about 10 sites, all on private land, including the marvelous Galloway White Shaman Preserve. It also serves as the volunteer friends group for Seminole Canyon State Park and Historic Site, leading tours to several outstanding archeological sites in the park, including the Fate Bell Shelter.
In this panoramic shot, the U. Highway 90 bridge spans the Pecos River near its confluence with the Rio Grande, an area rich in rock art. On a crisp October morning, we file down a rocky path into Seminole Canyon, our first tour of the trip. With me is my daughter Roma Bard, a college history major with a keen interest in prehistoric art, sparked in part by her fascination with French rock art sites like Chauvet Cave, with its beautiful images of galloping horses.
The day is stunningly fresh and sublime: Rain the week before has left the desert landscape green and blooming. As our troupe of 15 or so Art a rendezvous of myth and down in the canyon around park Superintendent Randy Rosales, clear water pools on the flat limestone next to us, trickling down toward the Rio Grande, just a mile or two away.
Water in the desert -— the source of life and the reason prehistoric tribes gathered here for shelter in an arid land. Rosales tells us the story of the Seminole Negro Indian Scouts, descendants of African American slaves, named for their connection with the native Seminoles in Florida.
They later fled to Mexico to escape persecution before returning to serve as U. Filing into the Fate Bell Shelter, we see a multitude of pictographs painted on walls under the overhanging cliff, including human figures with arms raised like flying birds.
Thousands of visitors and scholars have puzzled over their meanings.
The tour moves into the main living area where ancient people prepared meals around cook fires. The fibrous remains of woven materials and cooking materials are still there, lying around on the ground, preserved in the dry air for centuries.
Francois Gohier tells us he volunteered to document the caves at Lascaux as a college student in the late s. He now lives in California and, like us, is here for the Rendezvous. Later, Roma and I take time for a little side visit with Carolyn Boyd, a fine art painter turned archeologist, who founded the Shumla School in Comstock in The Shumla Scholars Program engages young Comstock students in hands-on learning, like mapping the Comstock cemetery using 3D imagery.
At the time of our visit, Boyd was hard at work on a new book about the White Shaman site, inspired in part by a breakthrough visit by a Huichol shaman from Mexico in He confirmed what I had been suspecting, that the White Shaman images depict not the peyote hunt ritual, but the myth that informs the ritual, the creation story.
As we enter the steep side canyon, brilliant sun sparkles on the Pecos River below, and the Highway 90 bridge spans the river elegantly in the distance. I am reminded of something Boyd had observed. We arrive in late afternoon, and though the light is not best for viewing the piece, we are nonetheless entranced and take turns snapping photos of the complex swirl of images, including the pale human figure with upraised arms — the White Shaman.
That night, we share a campfire at the White Shaman preserve, a treat for Rendezvous weekenders who get to camp there. Rising early, we meet the Rendezvous caravan in Dryden, west of Comstock.
Ranch owner Thad Steele of El Paso greets us at his headquarters compound. Our group walks up to the spring, and the scene changes from arid desert to green oasis.
Water from the spring flows down a small canyon, and on the other side of the stream we see a foot cliff covered with rock art.
This fascinating private site, accessible only through Rock Art Foundation tours, has both year-old historic rock art by Comanches and Apaches and older Pecos River-style art dating back 2, to 4, years.Pirates, explorers, empire-makers, slavers: how great works of art tell story of Britain’s past A series of acclaimed exhibitions is holding a mirror up to .
We celebrated our third Bighorn Rendezvous Art Show and Sale, featuring the Northwest Rendezvous group of artists and their invited guest artists! This event supports The Brinton Museum, as well as the talented Northwest Rendezvous group.
The following discussion of the uses of classical mythology in art is meant to serve as a broad overview and proceeds chronologically. For in depth treatment on specific mythological themes and characters in art consult the individual Representations in Art sections in the relevant chapters.
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Western Rendezvous of Art, Helena, MT.
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The myth of art current today is characterized by the mission of art and the emphasis is placed on societal issues.
The artist is a special mediator here, and again in a very Platonic way - not so much a creator/god anymore but rather as a priest/shaman. Today, art has assumed a burden which previously was not so obvious - it has an enormous.