Illustrations of Ovid's Metamorphosis

In Ovid's Metamorphoses, more than 200 legends about miraculous “transformations” in the form of a connected poem are unfolded in 15 books, starting with the creation of the world — when Chaos divided into Heaven and Earth, it was the first transformation in the world and ending with just yesterday : a year before Ovid was born in Rome, Julius Caesar was killed, a large comet appeared in the sky, and everyone said that Caesar's soul, who had become a god, ascended to heaven. This work is very important as a collection of ancient myths that is unique in its scope. Diletant.media presents illustrations from different years to the monumental work of the ancient Roman poet Ovid.

Hendrik Goltzius, “Athena is to Envy”, 1590

Caravaggio, Narcissus, 1599

Guido Reni, “Prankster Bacchus”, 1622

Velazquez, "The Contest of Athens with Arachne", 1657

Cover of the 1632 edition

"Perseus and Andromeda", an engraving of the XVIII century.

Jean-Leon Jerome, Pygmalion and Galatea, 1890

John William Waterhouse, Echo and Narcissus, 1903

Frederick Leighton, "Icarus and Daedalus", 1869

P. Picasso. 1930

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