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Pre-Raphaelite - Circe Invidiosa by John William Waterhouse 1892

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Art Nouveau2921 of 3173Lötz Phänomen Genre 377, ca. 1900 IArt Nouveau Framed Print - The Delphic Oracle John W Godward 1899
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Posted 6 years ago

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It looks so good in the light - the green looks amazing!

Every time I walk down my hall (I have yet to find a spot on the wall) I feel like I'm in a dream.

The goddess Circe is mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey and in Hesiod’s Theogeny, as well in other ancient Greek writings. She is a goddess of magic and metamorphosis:

KIRKE (or Circe) was a goddess pharmakeia (witch or sorceress) who lived with her nymph attendants on the mythical island of Aiaia. She was skilled in the magic of metamorphosis, the power of illusion, and the dark art of necromancy. When Odysseus landed on her island she transformed his men into animals, but with the help of the god Hermes, he overcame the goddess and forced her to release his men from her spell. Kirke’s name was derived from the Greek verb kirkoô meaning “to secure with rings” or “hoop around”–a reference to her magical powers.

Having tried without success to lure the deity Glaucus away from the object of his affection the beautiful nymph Scylla, Circe is filled with envious rage. In the seclusion of a quiet grotto, she poisons the water where Scylla goes to bathe and turns her rival into a dreadful sea monster. Waterhouse’s handling of the scene is brilliantly economical. With grim determination, Circe empties a bowl of green poison into the waters, half hovering, half standing on the already transformed Scylla, who writhes beneath the surface. Her waist-length hair, meanwhile billows up and out, as if disturbed by a rush of deadly vapours”


  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    Stunning ! love love
  2. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Not sure about this one! certainly has the same feel doesn't it, beautiful print none the less, I love the way the water is falling out of the bowl,I'm sure you will find just the right spot, ours is in the bedroom, I love waking up to it each morning! well done!!! with your two treasures....:-)
  3. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Thank you all. I love them both so much - must have been a wonderful era to live in. And how cool that yours is in your bedroom - I put my other one in my bedroom for a while but she was too dominating so she is back in the hall. I think yours would be lovely to wake up to!
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    i love it too! dark and beautiful and evil too... like a good movie. i think that the word circus derives from the same word.
  5. chinablue chinablue, 6 years ago
    I loved this so much I had to google it so I could see it in a really large form. Incredible!
  6. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Hello ho2cultcha & chinablue! Thank you very much and yes she's kinda beautiful and spooky all in one! How interesting about the word 'circus'. So happy you went looking for more on her chinablue!
  7. purpledog purpledog, 6 years ago
    So beautiful!
  8. flowerrose, 6 years ago
    Thank you purpledog - I should have taken a better photo - mine doesn't do it justice!

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