Flaying of Marsyas Picture

In college art class, we had to grid a replica of a masterwork, i was taking a mythology class as well so i wanted to do Goya's 'Saturn devours his son'


but it wasn't from the correct time period of the assignment so i settled on

"The Flaying of Marsyas" by Titian (c. 1570-1576)

Greek Myth:
He was purportedly born in Celaenae in Phrygia (today, the town of Dinar in Turkey) at the main source of the Meander. Marsyas was an expert player on the double-piped reed instrument pipe known as the aulos. He found the instrument on the ground where it had been tossed by its inventor Athena, after the other gods made sport of how her cheeks bulged when she played.

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. 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 according to the book Metamorphoses by Ovid.

i own Metamorphoses so you should too
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