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Dionysus and the Tyrrhenian Pirates, 2003
Acrylic on paper, 21 x 29.7 centimeters
This painting was based on an Athenian eye-cup dated around 530 BCE, painted
by Exekias, now at the Staatliche Antikensammlungen in Munich. The information
about this particular myth was taken from The Greek Myths by Robert Graves.


Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, and son of Zeus
and Semele. He has made a vine grow from the
deck of this boat, supposedly sailing from Icaria
to Naxos.

The Tyrrhenian pirates instead headed to Asia to
sell Dionysus as a slave. This pirate is being
frightened by an oar that Dionysus has changed
into a snake.

A Tyrrhenian pirate turning into a dolphin.

A completely transformed pirate.

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