Apollo

Fragment of Facade of Complesso di San Firenze, Florence, Italy

Italy: Place of Pilgrimage – Fusion of Art, Nature & Culture

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Italy and its wealth of historical ruins and art treasures still provides a rich record for visitors tracing man’s journey from prehistory to the present day

Versailles 1 Photo Thibault Grabherr - Canal

Versailles: TV Series – The Sun King, a Rock Star Celebrity

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One of the raunchiest TV dramas for BBC 2, VERSAILLES, created by a British-Franco Canadian consortium, portrays the Sun King Louis XIV as a rock star celebrity

French Clocks – Science Keeping Time with Enlightenment Pt 2

French Clocks – Science Keeping Time with Enlightenment Pt 2

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A style of clock that emerged during the reign of France’s King Louis XVI (1638-1715) was one where the works were on view, which are known as ‘skeleton clocks’

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Apollo – The God Mortal Beauty Chased in Heaven and on Earth

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Apollo was one of the favoured of the twelve Olympian Gods, about light and truth and meant to inspire us daily to be the very best we can all endeavour to be

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Artemis, the Moon Mistress – A Legacy of Beauty Personified

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Over the centuries the forms of female beauty for women to aspire to have been many none more intriguing than the goddess Artemis whom the Romans called Diana

Music and Architecture

Music – Harmony from Apollo to Palladio & Mozart to Jenkins

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Music based on philosophies and principles established by legends of Apollo and the ancient Greeks comes to us via Vitruvius and Palladio from Mozart to Jenkins

Jean Baptiste Lully – Noble Simplicity and Quiet Greatness

Jean Baptiste Lully – Noble Simplicity and Quiet Greatness

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From 1672 French composer Jean Baptiste Lully was in charge of musical life at court and left a legacy of style at the foundation of traditions in French music

Eruption of Vesuvius 79AD – Apollo Saettante, Silent Witness

Eruption of Vesuvius 79AD – Apollo Saettante, Silent Witness

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In 2009 and 2010 the Getty Villa Museum undertook re-stabilisation of the statue of Apollo Saettante, in consultation with Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

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Apollo, from the Earth to the Moon – Imagination & Knowledge

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Apollo has changed through the ages to suit the times and needs of those seeking to achieve greatness by using him as a symbol, including taking men into space

Beauty of Form

Beauty of Form

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Aphrodite, Adonis, Apollo, Artemis…are about ennoblement of form in Ancient Greece. Its visual remains, its architecture, ceramics, and most especially the statues of male and female bodies are for many aesthetically beautiful. But how can so many things be beautiful in Ancient Greece when they are entirely dissimilar? Is beauty…