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OVID AND THE VISUAL ARTS – ASPECTS OF THE METAMORPHOSES

S. Romanescu
Friday 9 November 2018 by Libadmin2018

ABSTRACT

The Metamorphoses, the great masterpiece of Ovid, has been an infinite source of inspiration for artists all over the word. We are talking about the book that has been more widely illustrated than any other book except the Bible. For ages, great artists have drawn, painted, and sculpted its magnificent stories, the artists often responding not only to Ovid’s work but to one another’s in their representations. From Mantegna to Piero di Cosimo, Botticelli, Titian through Pablo Picasso – and here we name only a few of them – the Metamorphoses was the ultimate sourcebook for artists and still is in our contemporary age. Diana and Callisto by Titian, Parnassus (Mars and Venus) by Andreea Mantega, Birth of Venus by Botticelli are just few examples of great art masterpieces inspired by Ovid. The meaning of this study is to bring a personal approach to different works of art that were inspired by Ovid’s masterpiece, with examples from various periods of art history. The symbolic representations and personal interpretations of the artists makes an unique and very captivating subject of study. Fascinated by this subject both as a researcher and painter, I had included in this study my personal artistic approach to some mythological aspects of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with references on color theory, signs and symbols.

Keywords: Ovid, metamorphoses, mythology, myths, symbols


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