'Venus and Anchises', c1889-1890, (c1930). Creator: Sir William Blake Richmond
'Venus and Anchises', c1889-1890, (c1930). Illustration to the "Epipsychidion", a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, depicting the illicit meeting of Venus, goddess of love, and her earthly lover, the shepherd Anchises. The penalty for mortals for looking at a god or goddess was to be turned to stone. As Venus walks, accompanied by lions and a flight of doves, she turns autumn leaves into spring flowers and apple blossom, and night becomes day. Painting in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. From "Modern Masterpieces of British Art". [The Amalgamated Press Ltd., London, c1930]
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Mosquito transformation mask which opens to reveal a human face surrounded by pictures
Mosquito transformation mask which opens to reveal a human face surrounded by pictures of the dogfish.The Haida had an incomplete Hamatsa dance series (believed to have been obtained from the Kwakiutl) in which masks like this were used to display privileges. This mask was probably associated with a clan origin myth. Country of Origin: Northwest Coast of America. Culture: Haida. Date/Period: collected 1875. Place of Origin: Queen Charlotte Islands. Material Size: wood. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ Canadian Museum of Civilization . Location: 27.
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'Apollo and Daphne', 18th century. Artist: Francois Lemoyne
'Apollo and Daphne', 18th century. In Greek mythology Daphne, daughter of river god Peneus, was dedicated to a life of virginity. When pursued by Apollo, she fled to greater gods for protection and was turned into a laurel tree. Found in the collection of the State Museum Arkhangelskoye Estate, Moscow.
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