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    Julius Kronberg - decoration sketch for a mural featuring Pegasus. Kronberg designed Pegasus’s wings after those of the Nike of Samothrace.  ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣ ✣  ✣ ✣  ✣ ✣ ✣  Julius Kronberg (11 December 1850, Karlskrona – 17 October 1921, Stockholm), Swedish painter. He received his artistic education at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts in Stockholm, and a travel scholarship took him to Paris via Düsseldorf and Copenhagen. He was also resident in Munich where he continued his studies before settling in Rome in 1877. He was a professor at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts from 1895 to 1898. Prolific, his large-scale works decorate many palaces, churches, theaters, and other public buildings in and around Stockholm. 


    "Man seeks to escape himself in myth, and does so by any means at his disposal… unnable to withdraw into himself, he disguises himself. Lies and inaccuracy give him a few moments of comfort, the trifling feeling of escape experienced at a masked ball. He distances himself from that which he feels and sees. He invents. He transfigures. He mythifies. He creates. He fancies himself an artist. He imitates, in his small way, the painters he claims are mad."

    ― Jean Cocteau

    Circa 2nd Century A.D. 

    The sun god's hair a mass of thick, short flame-like locks curving in all directions, his youthful face with a smooth forehead and arching brows that merge with the bridge of his nose, the convex eyes with thick lids, the bow-shaped mouth with the lips pressed together, the full lower lip indented below, the base of the neck splayed for insertion.


    Torso of Apollo, c. 100-200, Cleveland Museum of Art: Greek and Roman Art

    This ancient statue depicts the mythical god Apollo, identified by the fragmented remains of his kithara, a stringed instrument used by poets and musicians in ancient Greece. The kithara decorated with griffins and the swan it rests upon signify Apollo’s role as the god of music and leader of the Muses. Beloved by the Muses for their song, swans were considered sacred to Apollo because he gave them the gift of prophecy. Swans sing a glorious song before they die, knowing they will soon return to Apollo to be reborn.

    Size: Overall: 90 cm (35 7/16 in.)

    Medium: marble


    Portrait of Cosimo I de' Medici as Orpheus

    Bronzino, 1537-1539 ______________________________ Duke Cosimo I de' Medici is shown as the mythological musician and poet Orpheus after having calmed Cerberus, the doglike guardian to Hades from which Orpheus wished to retrieve his wife, Eurydice. The highly sensual portrait of the naked young duke may have several meanings: the peaceful age that the new generation of Medici wished to usher in, the duke's patronage of the arts and literature, or his marriage to Eleonora di Toledo in 1539. This painting could have been made in conjunction with ceremonies celebrating the latter occasion.