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|January 13, 2016||Filled under Featured, Texts, Topic for Discussion||
I often go to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts but I did not notice this painting until last month. The painting represents the sisters of Phaeton lamenting for their brother after his tragic death. Different versions may be found about who they are and who is their mother.
The painter, Claude Lorrain got his inspiration from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. However, the story of Phaeton’s sisters, Phaethousa Φαέθουσα ‘radiance,’ and Lempetia Λαμπετιη ‘shining,’ the daughters of the sun-god Helios, starts with Homer.