The Furies: Political Allegory and Artistic Defiance Reply

The Furies

This exhibition in the Prado Museum (Jan. 21-May 4, 2014) consists of some twenty works by different artists whose protagonists are the “Furies”, four characters from classic mythology who had an important presence in 16th and 17th century European art. Tityus, Sisyphus, Ixion and Tantalus are the “Furies,” characters of mythological origin that became increasingly important in the Renaissance. Their emergence as such in the history of art is dated around the middle of the 16th century. In the Netherlands and Italy, they were considered a suitable theme for illustrating both maximum difficulty in art (they were monumental, nude, muscled figures in complicated poses); and for representing extreme pain, a subject very relevant to baroque sensitivity.

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And here’s the video from the Prado Museum:

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