Ladies in Blue

• Emile Gilliéron and his son Emile knew how to sell the past. They were art restorers who captivated the world with artifacts of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. During the mid-nineteenth century, archeologists discovered building complexes and objects at Knossos and Mycenae that dated back to 3000-1050 B.C. Around the turn of the century, Gilliéron senior started making copies of original gold objects, such as the Octopus Ornament, and selling them to clients and museums around the world. The wall paintings survived in fragments, so the Gilliérons had to fill in the missing parts based on details from other objects. The Ladies in Blue fresco has a few original fragments, while the faces are the work of Gilliéron. Instead of restoring fragments of history, the Gilliérons restored a story about a lost culture. Artists like Pablo Picasso and Giorgio de Chirico were inspired by the stylized and vibrant aesthetic of the ancient Greeks. The work of the Gilliérons is currently on display at the Met. You can learn more about the restorations and see more images here.

• Steven creates sculptures inspired by and based on ancient Greek culture and mythology. His Phaistos Disc in Aluminum replicates the original disc from the Minoan palace of Phaistos. The Olive Branch is made from bronze and set on a black base. The Greek Abstract Figurine in white marble shows how modern minimalism reaches back to Cycladic art.

• Anna-Maria’s Pillow has a traditional Cretan embroidery pattern.

• Like the Gilliérons, fashion designer Mary Katrantzou created a new story from old fragments. Her two main inspirations for her Spring 2013 Collection were outdated currency and postage stamps, but she included Greek and Asian decorative motifs as well. You can’t really pick out all of these references at first glance, because they are so well-integrated into the overall design.

• Gregory’s Sail Boats Early Morning depicts the classic blue-and-white contrast of the Grecian landscape.

• Anna offers hand-picked herbs and extra-virgin olive oil from Crete. You can get this purple Mallow and other herbs with healing properties.