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Beyond Mythology, the Myths of Nature

Ancient Greek mythology brings to light archetypes of human nature that are deep enduring patterns of thought and behaviour that remain powerful, transcending time and cultures.

In Jungian theory, archetypes of human nature identify patterns of thoughts and behaviour of modern women with goddesses from Ancient Greece. Jungian analyst, Jean Shinoda Bolen in her book, Goddesses in Every Woman, makes reference to seven feminine archetypes in Greek mythology; namely, Greek goddesses that bring insights into human behaviour patterns: Athena, Artemis, Hestia, Persephone, Demeter, Hera and Aphrodite. Three of these goddesses are identified as the independent feminine archetypes – Athena (goddess of wisdom), Artemis (goddess of the hunt) and Hestia (goddess of the hearth).

Athena portrays a woman who is curious, seeks information and wants to know how things work. She values rational thinking and the superiority of will and intellect over instinct. While Artemis has the innate ability to concentrate on whatever matters to her. In today’s world, Artemis can be associated with the women’s movement. On the other hand, Hestia is more like the Oracle, being introverted, spiritual and intuitive.

Athena, a symbol of Freedom and Democracy, with Heracles, the Divine Protector of Mankind

The series Beyond Mythology, the Myths of Nature will be showcased in the most suitable venue where Art meets Nature at Villa Carlotta in Lake Como, whose cultural heritage is unique for its fusion of history, art and nature for to Love Art is to Love Nature.

The exhibition is organized by Tablinum Cultural Management in Bellagio, whose innovative strategies are designed to combine traditional artistic knowledge with the complexity of the changes taking place in today’s cultural world, together with the support of the Canadian Council for the Arts, Canada’s public art funder, which contributes to the vibrancy of creative and diverse arts and literary scene - Bringing Arts to Life - through grants to Canadian artists & arts organizations.

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