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"Hypatia" - 11,8/11,8" - Mixed media, Graphite, gold leaf, silver leaf and hydrangea petals on Arches paper. Artwork 15 1/8 x 15 1/8"; framed size 19x19”. Part of the exhibition "Allen Williams Presents: Summoned "visible in Seattle from October 11th to October 31st in the Krab Jab Studio.
Hypatia (born c. AD 350 – 370; killed by Christians in 415) was a Greek Alexandrian Neoplatonist philosopher in Egypt. As head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, she taught philosophy and astronomy. She belonged to the mathematic tradition of the Academy of Athens, as represented by Eudoxus of Cnidus. She was of the intellectual school of the 3rd century thinker Plotinus, which encouraged logic and mathematical study in place of empirical enquiry and strongly encouraged law in place of nature. For followers of Plotinus the life of reason had as its ultimate goal mystical union with the divine. According to contemporary sources, Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob after being accused of exacerbating a conflict between two prominent figures in Alexandria: the governor Orestes and the Bishop of Alexandria. Kathleen Wider proposes that the murder of Hypatia marked the end of Classical antiquity, and Stephen Greenblatt observes that her murder "effectively marked the downfall of Alexandrian intellectual life".
French artist Yoann Lossel (born 23 May 1985) weaves mythological worlds with fantastical images, landscapes, scene compositions into his gold leaf paintings. Mythology, symbolism and his own dreams are an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the talented graphic artist. He is known for his peculiar combination of gold leaf and monochrome images and traced details, rendered in graphite, ink stains, gold leaf and hydrangea petals.