Nov. 27, 2021


A painting at The Cleveland Museum of Art by David. On the surface just an odd take on Geek Mythology by a great neoclassical artist. A painting that I heard one of the trustees at the CMA was dead set against the museum getting. The other trustees waited until that trustee was on vacation in Europe then the CMA purchased the painting. The one hugh mistake is to just see that as a painting of Greek mythology. I was happy to see that the CMA in their description of the work mention the work does shows the contrast between sacred and profane love. That is an important element to the work ( more important that the Greek mythology story ), but there is still more going on in the work. Picasso - " is not sufficiant to know the artist's works - it is also necessary to know when he did them, why, how, under what circumstances..."