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Roselyne O'neill Art

Pegasus - Mythology


Pegasus - Unique and original oil painting on cradled wood, 23.5 x 16.5 x inches

This painting is profoundly symbolic of Pegasus the great devine steed in Greek mythology and is the subject of a very rich iconography, especially through the ancient Greek pottery and paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance. Pegasus was the son of the god of sea and horses, Poseidon and the Gorgon Medusa. According to early myths, everywhere the winged horse struck his hoof to the earth, an inspiring water spring burst forth. One of these springs was upon the Muses' Mount Helicon, the Hippocrene (horse spring). Anyone drinking from the spring would be inspired by the Muses to create the most beautiful artistic feats. It is believed this is where the saying 'source of inspiration comes from'.

Pegasus was then captured by the Greek hero Bellerophon and together they defeated many monsters.
Both Pegasus and Bellerophon were said to have died at the hands of Zeus for trying to reach Olympus.
Pegasus was however brought to Olympus by Zeus. There, he was stabled next to Zeus' thunderbolts. One of his duties included carrying Zeus' thunderbolts. Pegasus was eventually turned into a constellation as a tribute for his service to the Gods. Even to this day Pegasus is seen as a symbol of creativity and poetic inspiration. Look up to the stars and you'll see him, one of the oldest and largest constellations first recorded in the 2nd century. Or look on your wall and see him in this painting!

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