The Lament for Icarus- Herbert James Draper- 1898

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This painting depicting a dead Icarus surrounded by three lamenting nymphs. Draper spent a lot of time focusing on the subject of Greek mythology. I think this image is so captivating because its full of emotion and Greek tragedy. The male figure is limp and delicately placed in the composition and he emanates a dying warmth and glow which sets the emotional scene. The colours in the image are beautiful and intense, a lot of heavy tones and shadows which gives a very dramatic atmosphere. I think this painting truly captures the essence of ancient stories, particularly the Greek tragedy.

 

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The Lament for Icarus- Herbert James Draper- 1898

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