The Failure of Orestes

While many other Greek tragedies tend to reiterate already established myths and customs, Euripides's Orestes appears to be entirely his own invention. Chronologically, the plot of the play takes place after the events contained in Aeschylus's Libation Bearers. It was first performed in 408 BC, near the close of the Peloponnesian War. In Orestes, Electra recounts the story … Continue reading The Failure of Orestes

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922) Director: Benjamin Christiansen Haxan is an odd Danish-Swedish film. Part-documentary and part-horror themed, this silent film is considered one of the creepiest horror films of the silent era - along with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari or Nosferatu. It was censored and/or banned in Western Europe, but was celebrated in the … Continue reading Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”

"The Death of Socrates" or "La Morte de Socrate" is perhaps the most famous painting from a French artistic epoch dubbed the Neoclassical period. It is an oil on canvas painting, painted in 1787 by Jacques Louis David (1748-1925), one of the main creators behind the Neoclassical period. Our initial observations reveal the central action … Continue reading Case Study: Neoclassicism, “The Death of Socrates”