Caeretan Hydria, about 525 B.C.

hydrie-herculeOn this black-figure hydria, the Greek hero Herakles battles the Lernean Hydra while a large crab nips at his foot.

His companion Iolaos attacks from the other side, cutting off one of the monster’s heads with a harpe or short curved sword. Two sphinxes flank the handle on the back of the vessel, and floral decoration covers the rest of the vase: an ivy tendril on the shoulder and a palmette and lotus frieze on the lower body. (…) Getty. Continue reading

The Abduction of Deianeira by the Centaur Nessus. 1755. Lagrenée.

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Dans la période de transition qui, entre Boucher et David, prépare l’avènement du néoclassicisme, Lagrenée mène une carrière de peintre officiel, servant avec constance la politique artistique des bâtiments du Roi et sa préoccupation première, qui est la régénérescence de la grande peinture.
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Nessus Abducting Deianeira 1617-21. Guido Reni.

IMG_3482Here the painter chooses the scene of the abduction; Hercules, alone on the opposite shore in the background on the right, plays a minor role in the composition.

All the attention is focused on the taught muscular tension of the centaur’s body. His bold, triumphant face contrasts with Deianeira’s fright. The positioning of the figures’ arms imparts vigor to the scene, accentuated further by the flowing movement of the brilliantly colored drapery of Deianeira’s robes. Louvre.

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