Odyssey into Antiquity
Categories: art

By Michelina Docimo

Sketch of Grecian Urn by John Keats. Source:

Today, I had the blissful privilege of holding in my hands a Grecian urn from 400 B.C!!!!  Light, airy, decorated with earthy animal and bird images, disproportionate handles, the slight imperfections made the piece even more charming.  Completely unexpected, I had no idea what I would be seeing let alone holding that day.  Entering the contemporary building, the front facade was blank, so I began following a snowy flagstone path that led to another blank wall.  I retraced my steps to another side of the building and in the back corner was the front entrance – purposefully positioned for the water view.   It’s not every day that I come into close contact with works from antiquity.  Inside, as my palm embraced the bottom of the empty yet overflowing, cretan vessel, I glance up and through the glass wall, I see the open waters again.  I think of Odysseus’ adventures at sea and how connected I am at that very moment between myth and reality.

‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’–That is all

Ye know of earth, and all ye need to know.

famous lines from John Keats ~ Ode on a Grecian Urn, 1819


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