The Mediterranean Sea, like any other sea, connects and divides, gives life and brings death. From one shore to another, between Europe, Asia and Africa and further, much further through the Strait of Gibraltar, waves of merchants, warriors, prisoners and refugees searching for prey, riches, a new life or new worlds have been coming for centuries. The winds of history determine their rhythm and the sea, wild and unpredictable, becomes salvation to some and a grave to others; be it in the mythical times of the Trojan War or today, in the 21st century. The sea was merciful to the Apoxyomenos from Lošinj. It protected him for two centuries, in the depths near the small island of Vela Orjula, where he had been thrown from a Roman ship like unnecessary cargo in a storm, until one Belgian diver found him by accident, almost intact, covered in sludge and shells. After a 6-year restoration, the… više

Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi

Elisabeth was the daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. At 17 she married Emperor Franz Joseph I. She was known for her beauty and elegance, wrote poetry, studied Greek and traveled constantly. She was known throughout Europe for her unconventional behavior. She was killed by an Italian assassin in Geneva in 1898. We follow her turbulent life from the moment she meets the young Emperor Franz Joseph and arrives at the Viennese court. Elisabeth had difficulty adapting to the strict court etiquette, for it conflicted with her character. She never accepted the rigid court rules. Luxury and wealth did not make her happy. Her entire life she longed for peace and freedom, which she could never have. She wrote down her feelings in her diary: I wander this world alone / Shunning all of life’s pleasures / Nobody to share my time with / Never have I found my soul mate.… više

Death in Venice

Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous – to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. (T. Mann Death in Venice) The famous novella Death in Venice by the great German writer and Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann was written in 1912 and tells the story of an established writer Aschenbach, who comes to Venice in the hopes of overcoming his writer’s block. Aschenbach, who is entirely committed to the higher realms of art in line with the aesthetic views of the early 20th century, spends his time at the Venice Lido, where he is mesmerized by the beauty of a Polish boy who is there with his family. This is a story about an artist and the nature of life, a psychological examination of the role of longing for inspiration and of the lust for life of the modern artist. Can another person, who appears out of… više