By Gustav Klimt – The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=153424
In the wake of my Xmas Cake 2 post last year, two people commented on how much they loved this exquisite painting of Danae experiencing Zeus’s molten stream. The work was painted by Symbolist artist Gustav Klimt in 1907. Since I adore this sensual image as well I’ve decided to offer it as the ArtTwist#3 prompt.
The story of Danae is fairly typical. According to the stories she was a Argive princess who had the misfortune to be associated with the prophecy that her son would kill his grandfather King Akrisios. King Akrisios decided that the simplest way to avoid this was to lock Danae up so she couldn’t get impregnated in the first place. Of course there was a horny god lurking around in the form of Zeus the all knowing, and he found a way to get into Danae’s prison via a golden shower (not that sort!).
Once Danae was impregnated and gave birth to her son (Perseus) the King decided on the popular hands-free solution of putting the mother and child in a chest and sending them out to sea. Of course this proved to be a stupid idea – as it always is in mythology (remember Moses?) and the pair were assisted to safety on an island. Here a nice fisherman took care of them until Perseus was an adult. At this point another King – Polydektes decided Danae would make a suitable wife and sent son Perseus off to confront the Gorgon thinking that would be the end of him. We probably all know what happened then and Perseus sorted out his would-be stepfather using the Gorgons severed head to turn him to stone. Meanwhile Danae had sought refuge in Athena’s temple. Of course Danae’s dad got his comeuppance when Perseus confronted him and claimed the throne as in the original prophecy…
So there you have it. Thanks to Theoi.com
This YouTube clip gives some background material on the Viennese artist, his work and the time he lived in.
While researching further information on the painting itself to share with you I found this intriguing post about certain details of the work on New Scientist. I won’t give you the info – go look for yourself, it’s a fascinating read into a little known aspect of scientific and artistic cross-fertilization (pun intended).
I also found a lively, engaging blog post about the man, his art, the painting and the models he “used” entitled Sexaholic. Written by fellow arts model, Claudia, on her Museworthy site its a timely find given my own speculation on the topic of artists and models relationships earlier this week. It’s not recent but given that the man himself has been dead for one hundred years I don’t think that makes a lot of difference!
Anyway if you have red hair (a shout out to morag@moistmusings), are into orgasms, golden showers and/or charismatic God-like men then you are bound to find something to contribute to the latest ArtTwist prompt. Perhaps you might consider relocating the roses on Danae’s face to a different area.
As the responses to the earlier prompts have shown, you can interpret a gendered prompt in any way you see fit – I’d love to some of the men interpreting this pose for themselves, although of course Danae herself looks like she’s well in the zone!
I hope you have fun with this one people!
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Julie of @MPBJulie has kindly offered to do the roundup for Danae this time. If you don’t know Julie’s website you can find her at masterspleasingbitch