Analysis Of Herbert James Draper 's ' The Lament For Icarus '

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Herbert James Draper is a painter whom is renown for painting mythological marine subjects, escapes his niche and paints a tragic scene in which Icarus, son of Daedalus, is lying dead in witness of three women whom lament for his passing in his work “The Lament for Icarus.” Herbert James Draper had mainly focused on painting mythological creatures earlier in his career. Yet, as time progressed, the mass of patrons had become less interested in such topics and more interested in portraits. So, Draper had altered his focus to painting portraits of young nude women. Lucky guy. He had been born in London, 1864, and was educated at the Bruce Castle School in Tottenham. Later he studied art at the Royal Academy. His work “The Lament of Icarus” had won his the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. Daedalus, Icarus ' father, was a well-respected and telented Athenian artisan descendent from the royal family of Cecrops, the mythical first king of Athens. He had been known for his skill as an architect, sculpture, and inventor. Though, Daedalus had a nephew, whom was his apprentice, had one day inspired to invent the saw. Daedalus was envious of his nephew Talus and threw Talus off from the top of the Acropolis. In punishment, Daedalus had been exiled to Crete and cast into the service of King Minos. In his service, Daedalus had a son with Naucrate, a mistress-slave of King Minos, and his son had been named Icarus. Daedalus had been ordered to construct the…

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