1630

Peter Paul Rubens - Achilles dipped into the River Styx (c. 1630).

Thetis (Achilles’ mother) holding the child by his left foot while dipping him into the dark river. One of the Fates (Lachesis) stands behind her and lights the scene with a torch; Charon transporting the dead over the river in background; within a frame with sculptured terms of Hades and Persephone on either side, Cerberus in foreground, a bat-shaped cartouche.

The Witch 2016

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New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

Diego Velazquez (Seville 1599-1660 Madrid), Vulcan’s Forge, 1630, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

(Now on the view in Kunst Historisches Museum, Vienna per Velazquez exhibition from Oct.2014 to Feb.2015.)