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

Where it all started

Three works of art stand out from my childhood as every summer, we would be taken to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Two of them: The Blind Girl by Millais and The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown, sparked my imagination and started my passion for Pre-Raphaelite art.  I would rush to see the … Continue reading Where it all started