Usages of classical mythology are instances where narratives refer to familiar Greek and Roman myths through a sort of shorthand. Such usages, by my narrow definition, are not archetypal narratives but rather deliberate applications, where the modern artist overtly alludes to the classical narrative.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Cephalus and Procris in Washington
The National Gallery in Washington, DC, has a remarkable fresco-cycle from a 16th-century Milanese palazzo, Girolamo Luini's telling of Cephalus and Procris. The frescos retell the 15th-century tragic-comedy of a newly-wed couple who learn the hard way to trust each other. That play was developed from the tale of Cephalus and Procris in Ovid's Metamorphoses. OGCMA0295CephalusProcris_Luini