The Lament of Icarus Picture

In homage to ancient Greek mythology, this is my take on Herbert draper's "The Lament for Icarus" (acrylic on canvas 30"x30"). The craftsmen Daedalus made wings of wax so that he and his son, Icarus, could escape from Crete. But in his pride and arrogance, Icarus flies too close to the sun. His wings disintegrate and he plummets to his death. This scene shows sea nymphs mourning his death as they retrieve his body from the sea. Icarus was the original teen idol, and much like James Dean, followed the old adage, "live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse."


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