Drawing in Real Perspective
Subjects: Art/Art Theory/Drawing/Painting.
In this book we learn how to draw using a natural technique that is amazingly efficient and simple. Real Perspective is a new approach to space as seen by our eyes.
Perspective is an integral part of drawing and painting. It is however poorly understood today. Our representation of perspective in western countries dates from the 17th century, enforced by an edict made by Louis XIV despot of France. It consisted of drawing receding straight lines starting from a vanishing point.
However, the ancient Greeks used specific curves. This heritage was not taken up during the Renaissance.
In an investigative atmosphere, this book unmasks beliefs we received on the Renaissance and our contemporary culture. We learn to believe what we see, using a natural technique that is amazingly efficient and simple.
We rediscover again the Greek knowledge, and the researches among others of Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse and David Hockney.
The Dionysian Spirit
Subjects: Ancient Greece/
For many people Dionysos is an obscure Greek god of wine and theatre. For others he is so much more.
The Dionysian Spirit examines, in an easy and accessible form, the essence of what Dionysos is all about, both as a deity and as a cultural and social force. It looks at the relation of Dionysos with his opposite number Apollo. The twin gifts of Apollo and Dionysos are ekstasis (ecstasy) and entheos (enthusiasm) and have informed and enlivened our lives and cultures from ancient times right to the present day and beyond.
The Dionysian Spirit – like the art of a good party – has always been with us and now, in many ways, we need it more than ever.
Contents: Devotional to Dionysos / The Visualisation / The Myths of Dionysos / Dionysian Heroes / Dionysos Around the World / Dionysos Across The Millenium / Dionysos Goes Forth
For those interested in my study “Isis in India” you might enjoy this electronic version of Zvelebil’s factional account of the life of Hippalos. The late Kamil Zvelebil was a great scholar of South India, although not such a good novelist . . . even so it has much value as an account of an interesting and little known period of Indian History. The print edition currently unavailable and there is a small charge for the ebook – although you can read a sample chapter first…
Softcover/272pp/3 maps/ISBN: 1869928-415/
OUT OF PRINT
Greek and Indian sources tell of an Alexandrian Greek navigator called Hippalos. He discovered a direct route across the ocean from the Red sea, to legendary Musiris in South India. 2000 miles of open ocean in 30 days and nights. India: when the Kama Sutra was first written down. India where Buddhists and Hindus hate each other with a vengence and where mighty dynasties are embroiled in bloody war. Against this powerful backdrop the heart of Hippalos is tested to its limit as friends fight for survival and a passionate love affair grows. Hippalos’s journey, based on fact, offers us a way through the vast ocean of Indian story. You will be entertained and then initiated into the secrets of ancient India as you have never before seen it.
About the author:
Kamil V. Zvelebil, born in 1927, is professor-emeritus of Indian studies at the universities of Chicago, Heidelberg, Utrecht and Prague and also an ordained Zen Buddhist monk.