Athens’ Royal Gardens

Did you know that most ornamental plants of the National Gardens come from Genova, Italy? When King Ludwig of Bavaria came to Athens to visit his son (King Otto), he was surprised by the complete lack of green areas in the little town of Athens!Queen Amalia, consort of King Otto, worked tirelessly to lay outContinue reading “Athens’ Royal Gardens”

Why even care about Art?

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts —the book of their deeds, the book of their words, and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others; but of the three the only quite trustworthy one is the last. JOHN RUSKIN, St. Mark’s Rest:Continue reading “Why even care about Art?”

Bodybuilding & aesthetics

(The following excerpt is from an article written by Marc Magna and was published at bodybuilding.com on Apr 07, 2014) The ancient Greeks taught us many things: democracy, philosophy, and perhaps most important to the bodybuilding community, the idea of aesthetic sensibility. To the ancient Greeks, symmetry was beauty—a rule evidenced by their architecture, art, andContinue reading “Bodybuilding & aesthetics”