HERMAPHRODITUS
  • HERMAPHRODITUS

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    TWO BECOMING ONE

     

    Hermaphroditus (in ancient Greek: Ἑρμαφρόδιτος) is a character from Greek mythology, son of Hermes and Aphrodite.
    According to the version that Publius Ovid Naso tells in his Metamorphoses, the newborn was suckled by the Naiads in the caves of Mount Ida, a sacred mountain located in the Phrygia region of Asia Minor.

    At the age of fifteen, bored by the environment in which he lived, he traveled to the cities of Lycia until he reached Caria, on the banks of a large lake. Here, in a grove near Halicarnassus, the young nymph Salmace saw him and immediately fell in love with him. She ignited with passion for the boy and she tried to seduce him, but she was rejected.

    Salmace remained hidden admiring Hermaphroditus, until he undressed and entered the waters; then, as soon as she saw the boy begin to bathe in the lake, she jumped out from behind a tree and threw herself on him. She wrapped herself around the boy, forcefully kissed him and touched his chest. While Hermaphroditus struggled, she asked the gods to unite forever with her beloved and never be separated from him. Her desire was granted and the two became one, their bodies mixed into a creature of both sexes, half male and half female.

    • ARTIST

      Born in Greece by a Greek mother and Italian father, Vassilios Roberto Dragani has already displayed his works in various Italian and international galleries. His recent works take inspiration from Greek Mythology, which is prevalent in art because it resonates across time, embodying new forms while keeping a recognizable base. Like art, it has the capacity to compress past and present. Mythology demands to be transplanted into the present, reinterpreted according to present-day ideas or anxieties. In the process, it offers a means of either cloaking or confronting real life or both. Vassilios uses gold colors to give an aura of immortality to his paintings and make them a sacred casket of his creativity.

    • DESCRIPTION

      Hermaphroditus (in ancient Greek: Ἑρμαφρόδιτος) is a character from Greek mythology, son of Hermes and Aphrodite.
      According to the version that Publius Ovid Naso tells in his Metamorphoses, the newborn was suckled by the Naiads in the caves of Mount Ida, a sacred mountain located in the Phrygia region of Asia Minor.

      At the age of fifteen, bored by the environment in which he lived, he traveled to the cities of Lycia until he reached Caria, on the banks of a large lake. Here, in a grove near Halicarnassus, the young nymph Salmace saw him and immediately fell in love with him. She ignited with passion for the boy and she tried to seduce him, but she was rejected.

      Salmace remained hidden admiring Hermaphroditus, until he undressed and entered the waters; then, as soon as she saw the boy begin to bathe in the lake, she jumped out from behind a tree and threw herself on him. She wrapped herself around the boy, forcefully kissed him and touched his chest. While Hermaphroditus struggled, she asked the gods to unite forever with her beloved and never be separated from him. Her desire was granted and the two became one, their bodies mixed into a creature of both sexes, half male and half female.

    • CHARACTERISTICS

      Mediums: Acrylic, oil, and gold leaf

      Size: 40 x 40 cm

      Material: Wooden panel