About: Maria G. Psara

I'm a fourth-year student at UCLA majoring in political science and minoring in art history. After graduation she will be attending the London School of Economics and Political Science to pursue an MSc in Conflict Studies. Of Greek heritage, Maria has been surrounded by the icons and mosaics of the Greek Orthodox Church since childhood. For her, the objects of the exhibition Heaven and Earth represent the dynamic history and culture of an empire that has had such an impact for so many.

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Posted in Art, Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

Seeking Shelter: A Story of Greek Refugees and the Virgin Episkepsis

Detail of Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child / Byzantine
Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, inv. no 990

What dramatic stories could this Byzantine icon tell? More»

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      #ThyCaptionBe: Sword Safety

      You captioned this detail. And we’re revealing the full story now.

      Haircut gone wrong or prop sword mishap? It’s actually story of backstabbing and assassination. 

      Here’s the full story:

      Once a great Roman military general, Pompey, fled Italy for Egypt as Caesar began a civil war. 

      When he arrived at his Egyptian exile, what Pompey thought was a welcoming party turned out to be a group of assassins. (Surprise!)

      Set against a blood-red background, Pompey’s severed head rests at the feet of Caesar who makes a gesture of rebuke.

      #ThyCaptionBe is a celebration of modern interpretations of medieval aesthetics. You guess what the heck is going on, then we myth-bust.

      02/09/16

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