The famous painting "Zeus and Thetis" J.-O. Ingra was the last work written by the artist in his student years. The storyline for the picture was the first song of Homer "The Iliad." The artist was so impressed with this episode that he wanted to depict on canvas the power of the main god on Olympus and the femininity of Achilles' mother - the hero of the war against the Trojans - Thetis.
In a famous painting, the painter depicted the main god of antiquity Zeus (Jupiter), who solemnly sits on the heavenly throne. In the reign, he holds a symbol of power - a scepter, and with his left hand rested on a cloud in the sky. Near the throne sits an eagle, which represents the strength and altitude of the flight. The bird focused its attention on the supreme god.
Zeus bowed to Thetis, a former lover. She gently touched the beard of God with her right hand, and with her left put her arms around his knees. The woman tearfully begs Zeus to protect Achilles, her son. Zeus does not react in any way to the prayer of the most charming nymph of the Sea of Thetis, because the oracle has predicted that their joint child will capture the father's throne. To prevent this, Zeus ordered the Nereid to marry Peleus, an ordinary person.
In the background on the left, what is happening stealthily is being watched by Hera (Juno), the current jealous wife of Zeus. She understands that Thetis passionately begs Zeus, using her female charms. However, the thunderer is not ready to change the will of the gods, he does not even look at the fact that this woman saved his throne from enemy conspirators.
It should be emphasized that Ingres very accurately and filigree portrayed Homer's characters, in the picture divinity borders on human passion and obsession. The artist emphasizes that even the attractiveness of a woman cannot
turn the conversation with the gods into some kind of harem scene, an invisible distance between the characters is preserved.
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