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The French Symbolist Gustave Moreau, one of the most distinctive artists I can think of, painted Jupiter and Semele in 1894 and 1895.

It depicts the story of Zeus appearing to his mortal lover, Semele. It’s a tale that explains both Zeus’ habit of showing up to his sundry women in the guise of animals, money, gusts of wind, &c., and the danger of tiny old ladies who give you strange romantic advice: sometimes they’re actually the wives of your weird deity boyfriends trying to trick you into demanding a glimpse of said boyfriend in his highly lethal superhuman-being form.

In short, don’t sleep with Zeus.

Semele, unfortunately, did not take my advice, and here dies in a visual cacophony of flowers and partially clad figures.


Somewhat disappointed in the 60 I got on my Art History midterm, but my professor livened my spirits after informing us that there would be an extra credit essay that could potentially bring our grade up three letter grades. Hard work ahead and I’m ready to go; not letting this class defeat me. 

Working on my prompt details and outline now. Feeling that heat! 

Semester goal: A’s and B’s (in preparation for a likely transferring of schools)

Adiós, “Amor.”  We’ve loved having Robert Indiana’s colorful sculpture atop our famous steps, but sadly, it’s time for us to say goodbye. Your last chance to see “Amor” at the Museum will be this Sunday.

“AMOR,” 1998, by Robert Indiana © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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