Category Archives: mythology

Agostino Arrivabene, Orpheus

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Theodor Kittelson, Norwegian artist 1857-1914

Famous for his art of fairy tales, legends and trolls. Here the princess looks like she is delousing a troll. Kittelson’s art looks a bit like it influenced the trolls of Maurice Sendak.  

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William Blake, Beatrice Addressing Dante, 1827

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“Loki’s Brood” (1905) by Emil Doepler

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Richard Tennant Cooper, Syphilis, 1912

Related to this painting, a frightening 2006 version of Dracula by the BBC featured Lucy’s husband Jonathan as suffering from inherited syphilis. This turn of the century gouache stylistically echoes Munch’s 1895 The Three Stages of Woman. Femme fatale theme … Continue reading

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Jean-Leon Gerome, The Birth of Venus, 1890 vs Zdzisław Beksiński, Venus, (below)

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Laurits Tuxen. King Valdemar the Great and Bishop Absalon Topple the God Svantevit at Arkona in 1168, 1894

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Susan Michod, Unicorn, 2008, myth and geometry

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Iele, Faeries, and Matisse

Although I usually like to write about art, I’m also very interested in folklore, particularly that of Ireland and Eastern Europe. This post is about the legend of the Iele, from Moldavia, who are akin to faeries, except that they … Continue reading

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