The Allegory of Love, art lecture by Hanna Yakovleva
True divine force or dangerous and destructive power over everyone - mortals and gods
Ovid’s Metamorphoses theme of LOVE embraced with harmony, passion, drama, lust, loyalty and betrayal - the overwhelming feelings in oil on canvas at the National Gallery
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Private Art Education club members get the best value deal, quality of art studies and quality time! Lots of wonderful surprises and exclusive invitations for annual program members and art lovers!The Metamorphoses ("Books of Transformations") is a Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid, considered his magnum opus. Comprising fifteen books and over 250 myths, the poem chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the deification of Julius Caesar within a loose mythico-historical framework.
During the Renaissance period, mythological subjects were frequently depicted in art. The Metamorphoses was the greatest source of these narratives, such that the term "Ovidian" in this context is synonymous for mythological, in spite of some frequently represented myths not being found in the work. Many of the stories from the Metamorphoses have been the subject of paintings and sculptures, particularly during this period. Some of the most well-known paintings by Titian depict scenes from the poem, including Diana and Callisto, Diana and Actaeon, and Death of Actaeon. Other famous works inspired by it include Pieter Brueghel's painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus and Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sculpture Apollo and Daphne. The Metamorphoses also permeated the theory of art during the Renaissance and the Baroque style, with its idea of transformation and the relation of the myths of Pygmalion and Narcissus to the role of the artist.
Sources: Barolsky, Paul, As in Ovid, So in Renaissance Art. Renaissance Quarterly.
The National Gallery, London
Image: An Allegory with Venus and Cupid by Bronzino @ Nationa Gallery