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The Falling Gladiator

William Rimmer (American [born England], 1816–1879). The Falling Gladiator, 1907. Bronze. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.224).  In this work, Rimmer conveys the wounded warrior’s physical stress by accentuating his rippling skin and the taut, straining muscles beneath. The tension between the raised arm and the dramatic, collapsing posture enhances

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Knight, Death and the Devil

Knight, Death and the Devil (German: Ritter, Tod und Teufel, originally Rider, German: Reuter ) is a large 1513 engraving by the German artist Albrecht Dürer, one of the three Meisterstiche (master prints) completed during a period when he almost ceased to work in paint or woodcuts to focus on engravings. The image is infused with complex iconography and symbolism, the precise meaning of which has been

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The potential of Freemasonry

By Christopher Sicurella Prologue I would like to quote two passages from the Philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s book “Trouble in Paradise” (first published by Allan Lane in 2014): “The public space of the ‘world civil society’ designates the paradox of universal singularity, of a singular subject who, in a kind of short-circuit, bypasses the mediation of

By |August 9th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary Authors, News, Symbolism|Tags: |Comments Off on The potential of Freemasonry

Adieu, A Heart-Warm, Fond Adieu

Adieu, A Heart-Warm, Fond Adieu Adieu, a heart warm, fond adieu, Dear brothers of the mystic tie! Ye favored, ye enlightened few, Companions of my social joy! Tho' I to foreign lands must hie, Pursuing fortune's slidd'ry ba', With melting heart and brimful eye, I'll mind you still, though far awa'. Oft have I met

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Mars and Venus

Mars and Venus is a c. 1483 painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli. It shows the Roman gods Venus and Mars in an allegory of beauty and valour. The youthful and voluptuous couple recline in a forest setting, surrounded by playful satyrs. The painting is typically held as an ideal of sensuous love, of pleasure and play. In the painting Venus watches

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Classical elements

Classical elements typically refer to the pre-scientific concepts in Ancient Greece, of earth, water, air, fire, and aether, which were proposed to explain the nature and complexity of all matter in terms of simpler substances. Ancient cultures in Egypt, Babylonia, Japan, Tibet, and India had similar lists, sometimes referring in local languages to "air" as "wind" and the fifth element as "void". The

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: News, Symbolism|Comments Off on Classical elements

A Faun Teased by Children

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian, 1598–1680). Bacchanal: A Faun Teased by Children, 1562–1629. Marble. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, Fletcher, Rogers, and Louis V. Bell Funds, and Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, by exchange, 1976 (1976.92).  A drunken satyr, follower of Bacchus, the wine god, lunges forward to pick

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Freemasonry in Argentina

1795 – Lodge Independencia was chartered by the Grande Loge Generale Ėcossaise de France; this body was absorbed by the Grand Orient of France in 1805, and Lodge Independencia was left to its own devices. 1806 – During the British invasion of Argentina, military lodges of the occupying forces initiated local residents who were formed

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MW Prince Arthur

Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn (1850-1942) Grand Master United Lodge of England Freemasons

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The School of Athens

The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1509 and 1511 as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican. The Stanza della Segnatura was the first of the rooms to be decorated,

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