Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fruits of my Research: Souls on the Banks of the Acheron.


I was doing some research for one of my WIPs and came across this image:



Souls on the Banks of the Acheron (Adolf Hirémy-Hirschl, 1898) potrays Hermes surrounded by souls of the dead imploring him for more time among the living.  

I remember seeing this painting on my last visit to the museum at Schloss Belvedere in Vienna.  It's a large, truly arresting sight.  I stood in front of it for a long time, drinking in the details and the decadent mix of hedonism, despair and beauty.

I can feel the neurons firing and the pieces clicking into place to incorporate this amazing painting into my work in progress, working title:  The Chronicle of Wasted Time.




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