Greek Myth


The Disappointed Tourist: Atlantis, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

Atlantis (Ancient Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, island of Atlas) is a fictional island mentioned in Plato’s dialogues discussing the hubris of nations. Atlantis is mentioned as having been an enemy of ancient Athens and also as having sunk beneath the sea after an earthquake. The reality of Atlantis has been disputed ever since. This painting is based on a vintage postcard of the recreation of Atlantis at Coney Island in Brooklyn.

Requested by Anon.