Art in detail_Greek mythological creatures, female beauty and beastly

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Art in Detail Greek mythological creatures female beauty and beastly ugliness (Famous Paintings)


Sirens that lure sailors to their death by their sweet voice, the ravenous Sphinx guarding the entrance to a city, Scylla a beautiful sea nymph turned into a hideous man-eating monster ... these Greek mythological creatures combine female beauty with beastly ugliness and have inspired generations of artists create well-known masterpieces.


The Sphinx


MOREAU, Gustave Oedipus and the Sphinx 1864 Oil on canvas, 206 x 105 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


THE SPHINX a crazy monster with the head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lioness, the wings of a bird, and (some say) a snake for a tail. Her favorite activity is sitting on a big rock outside of Thebes and asking everybody a riddle. When people get it wrong (and they always do) she strangles them, or eats them, or some other such awful thing.


OEDIPUS: The Sphinx Gets Frisky ... Maybe, I should've married her. It would've been a lot less trouble.


The Harpies


PERRIER, François Aeneas and his Companions Fighting the Harpies 1646-1647 Oil on canvas, 155 x 218 cm Musée du Louvre, Paris


THE HARPIES ...these awful creatures have a nasty habit of swooping down from the sky, snatching whatever food they see, and then pooping on the remains. (Um... gross.)


Who says Harpies are ugly?




RUBENS, Peter Paul The Head of Medusa c. 1617 Oil on wood, 69 x 118 cm Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


MEDUSA definitely isn't going to win any beauty pageants. She and her Gorgon sisters, Euryale and Stheno, are totally revolting. They have snakes for hair and anyone who looks them in the eyes instantly turns into stone. Medusa became famous when the hero Perseus chopped off her head (with a little help from the goddess Athena).


Medusa Hey, Perseus, why don’t you give me back my friggin head? Perseus I thought you were dead. Ummm, I kind of gave it to Athena. Medusa One night, very soon, your bed will be filled with snakes.


The Sirens


WATERHOUSE, John William Ulysses and the Sirens 1891 Oil on canvas, 202,0x100,6 cm National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


THE SIRENS These sexy ladies are often confused with mermaids, but they're actually half-bird instead of half-fish. The Sirens are most famous for their gorgeous songs. ... but their songs may be beautiful, but they also hypnotize sailors, luring them to their deaths on jagged rocks.


Orpheus Don't miss my show at the Elysian Dome tonight! Special guests include Calliope and the Muses! The Sirens The Muses? What a joke. Have the Muses ever sung so beautifully that they lured men to their deaths?




NEER, Eglon van der Circe Punishes Glaucus by Turning Scylla into a Monster 1695 Oil on panel, 64x 53.3cm Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam


GLAUCUS AND SCYLLA Some lonely dude Glaucus, the immortal merman, who spies a beautiful girl, Scylla, the sea nymph, walking naked on the beach. Dude is smitten and asks a drug dealer, Circe, the sea witch, for a potion to bend the girl to his will. ... The end of the story: the pretty nymph is transformed into a man-eating monster by her stalker's obsession.


Scylla Wishing that lovely young Glaucus would come by for a visit… Glaucus Ooooh, sorry I've just been really busy, you know? Scylla Uh huh, and that doesn't have anything to do with the fact that I'm a big ugly monster now instead of a beautiful young nymph, right? Glaucus Come on baby, do you really think I'm that superficial?


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