Monday, November 5, 2012

Andromeda

Here's another mythological scenario, though not so bucolic as previous posts, in fact rather chaotic what with the all the floral foo-fah-rah. At first glance, with this image, I thought it was by Rubens — but it's not. I had a mild crush on Rubens' work back when I was attending the Art Institute of Chicago, especially the mythological richness and complexity he could imbue, but I haven't looked at his work for years now. I'll have to seek out his oeuvre to see how I feel about it all now. In the meantime, this is Andromeda and Perseus by Filippo Falciatore, the Italian artist of the 1700s, who painted a fair amount of mythological allegories himself. 

I have quite a few images of Andromeda and Perseus that I thought I would post all together, but I have them all filed by artist and not by subject, so I will end up just having them posted here and there. Most all of them have Andromeda as having been stripped naked in her plight, and yet when they made movies about this adventure Andromeda is pretty modestly dressed. Go figure.

Filippo Falciatore — Perseus Rescuing Andromeda

I love the name Andromeda. If I was to have another daughter (which I won't) I'd be tempted to name her 'Andromeda', not for this daughter of an Aethiopian King, but for the beautiful galaxy which we will one day merge with.

4 comments:

Pyracantha said...

sort of wimpy wings on that Pegasus...Andromeda is 18th century "good girl" bondage art, but we call it Fine Art a few centuries later.

ANITA said...

wowo!!i LOUVE it!!

Andromea!!i should like to have that name masself!!

beutiful photo.painting!!

you have soo much good stuff!!Keep on posting!!))
hugs from Norway!!))

M. D. Jackson said...

If they'd had pulp magazines in the 1700's, this would have mad an awesome cover image!

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

M.D., you be so right!

Maybe titled "Inquisitio Haereticae Pravitatis" (Inquiry on Heretical Perversity).