02 Paintings, Olympian deities, Antiope and Dirce, with footnotes # 45

Henryk Siemiradzki, (1843–1902)
Dirce, c.1897

Oil on canvas
Height: 263 cm (103.5″); Width: 530 cm (17.3 ft)
National Museum in Warsaw

Dirce was a daughter of the river-gods Achelous or Ismenus, or of Helios.

After Zeus impregnated Antiope, Antiope fled in shame to King Epopeus of Sicyon, but was brought back by Lycus through force, giving birth to the twins Amphion and Zethus on the way. Lycus gave Antiope to Dirce. Dirce hated Antiope and treated her cruelly, until Antiope, in time, escaped…

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Author: Zaidan Art Blog

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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