Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 4

Here we are - the fourth and final part! 14: Hypermnestra to Lynceus John William Waterhouse (1849–1917), The Danaides (1903), oil on canvas, 111 × 154.3 cm, Private collection. Now, this is a strange story. 50 sisters are forced to marry 50 brothers, and the girls are ordered, by their father to murder their husbands … Continue reading Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 4

Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 3

Here we are at part three, and the stories become even more grisily as we have a whole range of punishments and deaths to contend with! 9: Deianira to Hercules Evelyn De Morgan (1855–1919), Deianira (c 1878), oil on canvas, dimensions not known, Private collection. Here, Evelyn De Morgan depicts Deianira, Hercules’ wife, as a … Continue reading Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 3

Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 2

Two years ago, I started a post to explore the 21 epistles in Ovid's Heroides and while I had added paintings relating to all of the letters, I had only explored four of them.  Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations With time on my hands, perhaps it is time to look at the remaining interpretations. So here … Continue reading Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations – Part 2

A Hammershoi Mystery

Take a look at these two paintings, both by Vilhelm Hammershoi.  We could play spot the difference here, but it is a little obvious.  The one on the left is in the possession of the Cleveland Museum of Art and is called 'Strandgrade, Sunshine'.  The one on the right, Interior, Sunlight on the Floor, is … Continue reading A Hammershoi Mystery

Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations

This holiday I am looking at three texts: Homer’s The Odyssey, Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and Ovid’s Heroides.  The reason? Interpretation. Every time we read or view a piece of writing, poetry or artwork, we interpret. It is what makes us human in many ways.  The first two books are old friends, especially Homer but … Continue reading Ovid’s Heroides – Artist Interpretations

Contemporary art since 1980

​The latest module on my art history course asked to consider the various factors that have shaped the practice of art since 1980. This is a particularly interesting topic for someone growing up during that time. The political and social aspect of our society has, naturally, forged a link with art and artists through the … Continue reading Contemporary art since 1980

Where do we go next?

I've so enjoyed musing on the things I have seen, discovered, heard and explored over the past year or so, but the time has come to do something practical with all this knowledge. So, I've just started an online diploma in Art History with The Art Institute :-O I know what you're thinking? IS SHE … Continue reading Where do we go next?