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|Posted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:49 pm Post subject: PokerPulse Gambler's Guide to Fine Art
The PokerPulse Gambler's Guide to Fine Art:
From Gambling for Gold:
Edited by Cecilia Gibellini
|The Flaying of Marsyas
The famous Flaying of Marsyas, conserved in the gallery of the Archbishop's Palace in Kromeriz, is one of the greatest masterpieces of Titian's late style. The artist painted it towards the end of his life, between 1570 and 1576, with the large areas of almost incandescent color that were typical of his late work.
It depicts the Phrygian satyr Marysas flayed alive by Apollo after the god had been defeated by Marsyas in a musical contest in which he had played the lyre and the satyr played the flute. The tragic scene of the punishment also features a young man playing the lyre, interpreted by some as a second figure of Apollo and by others as Olympus. X-ray examinations have revealed that Titian had originally painted a lyre-bearer in this position, which was later replaced - perhaps by one of his pupils - with the definitive figure. On the right sits the sad and thoughtful figure of King Midas with his ass's ears, the symbol of the punishment inflicted on him by Apollo, whom he had offended by choosing Pan as the winner in a previous musical contest.
... A self-portrait of Titian has been identified in the face of the king who could turn all that he touched into gold, but who belonged to the defeated civilization: like the mythological figure, the artist had also been granted the gift of turning any material into gold by means of his brush. The melancholy air of Titian-Midas seems to indicate his awareness that the gift is transitory and irrelevant in the face of the violence and tragic, inevitable progression of the history of mankind. (-- pgs. 160-161)
More about Marsyas and Apollo's loaded dice:
|In the contest between Apollo and Marsyas, the terms stated that the winner could treat the defeated party any way he wanted. Since the contest was judged by the Muses, Marsyas naturally lost and was flayed alive in a cave near Celaenae for his hubris to challenge a god. Apollo then nailed Marsyas' skin to a tree, near Lake Aulocrene (Karakuyu Gölü). His brothers, nymphs, gods and goddesses mourned his death and their tears turned into the river Marsyas (in west-central Turkey, which joins the Menderes river (Meander) near Celaenae), according to the book Metamorphoses by Ovid. (From Wikipedia) |
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