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

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

The Perseus Story – Edward Burne-Jones

At Southampton City Art Gallery, I stumbled upon this permanent exhibition, beautifully presented in an oak panel room. My mouth fell open at the sight of ten...yes, ten large panels by Edward Burne-Jones telling the story of Perseus. Some are the 'rough' sketches of the paintings to come but they are genuinely stunning. It sometimes … Continue reading The Perseus Story – Edward Burne-Jones

Love is Enough – Andy Warhol and William Morris at Birmingham MAG

I was a little sceptical of this as I found it difficult to see the connection.  I really like Jeremy Deller, so had faith that he would deliver something special here. I am in two minds about this exhibition.  Aesthetically, I can see the connections.  Deller said that he was looking at how politics, aestheticsm … Continue reading Love is Enough – Andy Warhol and William Morris at Birmingham MAG