Do the dead really ever die Picture

Perhaps not.


The background references the famous painting Isle of the Dead. It should be noted, however, that I painted the rocks and the sky in the background entirely from scratch. In the original painting, there is a boat sailing towards the island. In the boat are the oarsman and a standing figure clad entirely in white. Behind that figure is an object commonly interpreted as a coffin. The island has many tall, dark cypress trees (seen here as well), which have long been associated with mourning and cemeteries.

A lot of people who don't know the early history of the painting (there were many versions of it) think the oarsman is the boatman Charon, who guided souls to the underworld in Greek mythology. The body of water would either be the River Styx or Acheron and the person in white a recently deceased soul being delivered to the afterlife.

When Bocklin made the first version of the painting in 1880, Marie Berna, soon to be wife of the German politician Waldemar, Count of Oriola, was struck by the partially-completed image. Bocklin painted a smaller version on wood for her and at her request, added the coffin and the (female) figure, which was an allusion to her husband's death years earlier.


In this picture, Mitya may be the figure dressed in white. If you choose to go by the Charon/Greek mythology "interpretation" listed above, then he is a recently deceased soul being delivered to the afterlife. The second interpretation, even though you can't see the coffin in my picture--Mitya himself is not really dead, but accompanying someone who has died. Perhaps it was Yuriy who had "really" died, because he basically loses his wits after Mitya's death (as such, it almost seems like Yuriy suffered more than Mitya when Mitya died).


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