Thursday, 2 April 2009

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus

One of the nicer John William Waterhouse canvases, dating from 1891 [you can click for a larger view, if you want to]. I like the detail of material strewn on the floor, the not-too-obvious swine carcass, and the way Odysseus appears only in the mirror (a nice riff on the story, on the edge of implying that she is real and he a reflection) although the composition has the perhaps unfortunate effect of giving the impression Od. has crept up behind the nymph and is sniffing her left armpit. Still, whatever lights your candle.

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