|Attic pelike, ca 440 BC. Lecce Museum|
|Attic skyphos, ca 500 BC. Lecce Museum|
|Lecce Museum. Picture from Trip advisor.|
In The Boy with Two Heads, my hero, Themis, painted on pots and terra cotta tiles. He may not have been able to remember much of his childhood, but he didn't lose his ability to draw when he suffered his accident.
"He remembered painting a pot ... and then smashing it because it was not good enough. Ariphron had mended it because he liked the picture on it of goats reaching up to eat olive leaves."
I spent a long time the other day looking for a picture of a pot with olive trees and a goat to illustrate something I was writing about Themis. I was sure I had seen one at some point, but in the end I gave up.
However, I did come across this site: http://www.panoply.org.uk, which pleased me immensely. It has ancient Greek vase paintings that have been animated! They are done by experts but with input from local school children near Reading in Berkshire, west of London. They chose vase paintings from the Ure Museum at Reading University and made very short, but often amusing, little movies.
Also, there is a YouTube clip made by Oxford University for Christmas which includes brief moments of animated vase paintings among other wonders of the Ashmolean Museum that come alive here …
When, out of curiosity, I checked out that particular myth on-line, look what I found ...
|from a hydra in the Louvre, Paris. ca 520 BC.|
Can you see the goat in the olive tree?
The mind works in mysterious ways.
Happy New Year!