Ex votos: Now and Then

ΕΝ/ΕΛΛ Ancient Greek ex-votos to please the deity and ask for a favor (left) and contemporary Greek ex-votos to thank God and ask for a favor (right). The persons depicted in the first series are 6th century BC ceramic makers of Corinth offering sacrifice to their city patron Poseidon, while the modern ex-votos refer to an eventual ailment the worshipper prays to deity to cure or has been already cured and the tablet serves as a „thank you note“.

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Τα σημεία επαφής μεταξυ της αρχαίας και σύγχρονης Ελλάδας αναδεκνύουμε και παραδίδουμε προς επεξεργασία στην φαντασία των συμμετεχόντων στα εργαστηρια μας με θεμα „Κόσμημα“ το προσεχές καλοκαίρι στην Ελλάδα.

Για τους ενδιαφερόμενους να συμμετάσχουν στη διεθνή έκθεση κοσμήματος Σιεράντ με την ομάδα μας, αλλά φοβούνται ότι οι δυνάμεις και οι γνώσεις τους δεν το επιτρέπουν, τα εργαστήρια είναι ένας είδος προετοιμασίας και προεπιλογής για την ομάδα *Ατελιέ Μύθοι* που δίνει τη δυνατότητα σε 4 νέους δημιουργούς ή όχι ιδιαίτερα έμπειρους σχεδιαστές να πειραματιστούν με πραγματικούς όρους διεθνους έκθεσης κι ενδεχομένως να συμμετάσχουν σε αυτήν.

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Madonna with child undressed

During the Great Panathenaia festival (around August 15th) Athena’s wooden effigy was enwrapped in a lengthy veil woven by girls of aristocratic origin. A procession, depicted in the reliefs of Parthenon frieze, brought the ‚peplos/veil‘ to the Acropolis of Athens. This is a fact we all know.

Imagine my surprise today, when I enter a 17th century Catholic church and see two wooden effigies waiting to be dressed:
Madonna and child are staring at me – fragile and humane in their „underwear“.

Maria and child stand on a podium with beautiful flowers by their feet. A catalogue attached to the chapel’s iron gate shows impressive garments in gold, yellow, green or blue Maria wears on various occasions. Tiny golden crowns are also reserved for her and baby Jesus.
The iron gate of the chapel is decorated with white garlands. It looks like a girl’s room in her early teens.

I am impressed.
It feels like ‚making contact‘ with the ancient litany heading to the Acropolis hundreds of years ago.

Why do we dress divinity?
To make it appear strong and adorable or rather ordinary and vulnerable?

Sint Andries Church, Antwerpen, May 2011.