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classicalmonuments: Altar of Hieron (Great …

classicalmonuments:

Altar of Hieron (Great Altar of Syracuse)

Syracuse, Sicily

3rd century BCE

195.8

m. in length (!!!)

It was built in the Hellenistic period by King Hiero II and is the largest altar known from antiquity.

The structure is aligned roughly north-north-west to south-east-east, and is located in the Neapolis, slightly to the southeast of the Greek theatre. Almost nothing except the foundations of the structure survive today. The structure was partly built from masonry blocks and partially carved from the living bedrock. The altar itself is 20.85 metres wide and 195.8 metres long (exactly one Doric stade). It sits on a crepidoma with three steps – at base this is 199.07 metres long and 22.51 metres wide. This makes it the largest altar known from the ancient world.

The upper surface of the altar was divided lengthwise into two levels of different heights: the western half was perhaps 6.06 metres high, and the eastern half was significantly taller, rising to a height of perhaps 10.68 metres. There was a cornice and a Doric triglyph frieze running around the top of each level. The whole structure was covered in plaster, which was used to smooth out imperfections in the stone and for the fine decorative details. The overall structure of the altar mimics that of small fire altars which are common votive offerings in Sicily.

There were stairways on the eastern side of the altar at the northern and southern ends, which led up to the lower level of the structure. Each of the staircases had an entranceway which was supported by two telamones. The feet of one of the norther one telamones are still in situ. It is unclear whether it was possible to access the higher level of the structure.

The altar was part of a larger complex. Below the structure, on the eastern side, there was a natural grotto, about 18 metres deep which contained votive offerings, some of which were deposited in the Archaic and Classical periods, long before the altar was built. To the west of the altar there was a rectangular open space with a water-proofed basin in the centre, surrounded by a u-shaped stoa. A propylon on the western side of this compound allowed access to both the open space and thus to the altar itself. In Augustan times, this open space was planted with trees in order to turn it into a sacred grove.

classicalmonuments: Kazanlak Тomb Kazanlak…

classicalmonuments:

Kazanlak Тomb

Kazanlak, Bulgaria

4th century BCE

It comprises a passage, a rectangular antechamber and a round burial 

The Tomb has unique frescos. They were performed by two techniques: wet fresco – in the decorative and figured painting and tempera – in colouring the floor and walls. The four basic colors used are black, red, yellow and white.

In the antechamber two friezes depict scenes of fighting warriors.

The decoration in the dome premises comprises two friezes – the large one represents a scene of a funeral feast. In the center of the composition is a married couple – the hero-worshiped ruler and his wife, on their both sides joined by a procession of servants carrying gifts, female musicians, a coachman with horses and a charioteer with horses and a chariot. The smaller frieze depicts a chariot race.

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“Astranomelly” was the culminating piece of my artist residency in Downtown San Diego. During the months of April/May (2012) I spent 50 days painting on Broadway Avenue, generally averaging 10-12 hours per session and never taking a single day off. Basically living in the studio as I found myself on the precipice of homelessness, this climactic creation measures 6.5′ x 10′ and is representative of my collective experiences as “The Boy In The Box.” The culture shock of the residency experience made this both an artistic opportunity and a sociological experiment as I found myself imbued with the regionalism of this foreign community and was indoctrinated into their culture. The individuals that visited and shared their stories during my tenure in the box were all incorporated into the painting, their names inscribed in the underpainting that surrounds the iconic vortex (or black hole) that is simultaneously a symbol of the outward eyes looking in at me as I poured my soul into the canvas. The concept for “Astranomelly” came to me on a car ride home at 3:30am as I listened to the track “Battling the Sun” by local musician Astra Kelly. I had met Astra earlier that evening when she stopped in during a rare San Diego storm. The rest of the story I now leave with you.

As every story has a past, present, and future…

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time. This is no more evident than in this collaborate effort with Abstract, where “The Boy In The Box” is timelessly melded with “Super Human”, an incredibly powerful and experiential concept album that has been a heavy influence on my work as of late. This was very much a bucket list project for me, working with one of my favorite musicians. The parallels between the title piece of my series with the title track of this musical masterpiece was one the universe seemed to will into existence against all odds. We are born with dreams that life tries to push out of us. Hold on. Just hold on. You can do it. You can make it happen 💪🎨🎵❤️🔥🌹

Painting: Michael Carini | Music: Super Human by Abstract | Animation: Chris McDaniel

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My Tom Petty tribute canvas “Forever Free Falling” is now available. I painted this at KAABOO Del Mar during one of his final performances in 2017.
Check it out at CariniArts.com and get yours today!

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Falling Towards The Sky has just a little more time on exhibit at Sparks Gallery. Check it out and experience my work in the flesh.

I’ll be going live on IG tomorrow afternoon for a Q&A and live painting sessions so make sure to tune in to @acrylicalchemy 🙂

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Falling Towards The Sky on exhibit and available at Sparks Gallery in the Gaslamp Quarter. Love this photo by Chantal Sicile-Kira with San Diego Ballet.

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12 hoodie designs available from yours truly in a variety of colors. Buy art and feed a starving artist!

Michael Carini

Michael Carini

It is said that time heals all wounds but perhaps that time comes in a different state of existence or unexpected ways and connections. I woke up this morning, before my alarm clock went off, from a vivid dream about my dad. In an effort to shift my attention, I opened up IG and the first thing I saw was a beautiful story shared by Cat Zingano addressing the same thing. It felt like the universe was telling me today was a day that someone somewhere might need to hear this.

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time.

Featured: .38 With A .38 (The Speed Of Eternal Stillness). This painting reflects the fraction of a second it takes to change an entire connection of intertwined lives and energies. It depicts a suicide victim being embraced by an angel at the moment of impact. I used to paint exclusively in an effort to heal myself and my own wounds. Nowadays, I paint to hopefully inspire, but more so in an effort to save a life, perhaps one I don’t even know. I would love to help people grow but the first step to growth is survival…and some days merely surviving is growth. Hold on.

If you are struggling with issues of suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255.

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Michael Carini | NEW SHOP

Michael Carini | NEW SHOP

As every story has a past, present, and future, what may at first glimpse appear to be non-objective abstraction is in fact segmentations of energetic imagery interacting and breathing through the boundlessness of space and time.

Featured: “Light of the Phoenix” tells the story of a phoenix rising from the ashes. The painting has a variable orientation and each variation/orientation reflects a different part of the struggle and journey. Side 1 reflects a deep state of depression. Side 2 reflects being on your back, hitting bottom, and wanting to give up. Side 3 reflects crawling through hell. Side 4 reflects rising from the ashes and the “Light of the Phoenix”-