Don't mistake these three ladies for saints; they are

Don't mistake these three ladies for saints; they are

2/19/2021, 12:42:45 PM
Don't mistake these three ladies for saints; they are professional torturers. Orestes and the Erinyes (1891) was painted by the French Symbolist artist Gustave Moreau (1826-1898). The painting is inspired by the Oresteia, which is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus in the 5th century BC. In short, Orestes is the son of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, and his wife Clytemnestra. Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter to the gods for some weather to sail to the Trojan War, and Clytemnestra and her lover kill Agamemnon, after which Orestes kills them. And the Erinyes (also known as Furies) are now coming into action. They seek vengeance on behalf of the people that died, and they chase their victims relentlessly and torture them both mentally and physically. And Moreau has chosen to depict a moment here where the Erinyes are finding Orestes and can apply some of their torture. Typical for Moreau's Symbolist style, he keeps the painting somewhat vague, not telling us exactly what is happening in the moment, something that I will discuss in more detail in my video and post released later today about the most famous work by Moreau: The Apparition. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Symbolist Symbolism #Myth #Mythology #Orestes #Erinyes #Torture #Revenge

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