Dionysus Theatre

  • It was Leonardo who first noticed a remarkable connection between the passage of time and the number of rings revealed on the stump of a tree.
  • These growth rings show the stages of maturation.
  • The Theater of Dionysus was the main open-air theater in Athens.
  • Built at the foot of the Acropolis and named after the god of wine and fertility, it hosted city festivities and dramatic performances.
  • The theater was first built of wood and replaced with a stone structure in 325 BC.

In the painting, Current, this connection in which maturation leaves a visible ring or mark, is interpreted as a flow involving a man and carrying him relentlessly forward. Here, we are reminded that plays staged at the Theater of Dionysus and written by such famous authors of that age as Aristophanes, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus have reached us through the thick layers – or growth rings – of time.