A girl is brought up as a boy. All goes well until they want to marry. Then the gods intervene. A very modern story from 2,000 years ago, with paintings.
The Norns, personifications of day and night, minor deities, and the Wild Hunt. Shown in paintings rather than book illustrations.
Including Thor, Odin, Valkyries, Freya, Loki, and Baldr, with a selection of fine paintings rather than book illustrations.
Extensive bibliography, list of all articles, and thorough index of characters covered in this series looking at paintings of the myths in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Two transformations: Dryope changes into a Lotus Tree, and the incestuous Byblis becomes a spring.
How a maidservant brings a protracted labour to a successful conclusion, the origin of the Milky Way, and an infant who strangles serpents for fun.
How a centaur tried to abduct Hercules’ new bride, and the delayed revenge which led to the death of Hercules.
Ovid, through Achelous the river god, explains how the Horn of Plenty was wrenched from Achelous’ head in a fight with Hercules. With a gem of modern narrative painting too.
Wood nymphs, Dryads, and Hamadryads, painted by Evelyn De Morgan, Félicien Rops, Walter Crane, JW Waterhouse, and others. And who dresses up as wood nymphs today?
A maze of myths about shape-shifting, Neptune, and the sea leads to two wonderful but puzzling paintings.