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The Death Of Harmony

Painting, 1741, 196.9×148 cm

Description of the artwork «The Death Of Harmony»

* Harmony (al-Greek. Ἁρμονία) — in Greek mythology, the goddess of harmony, the epitome of a happy marriage. Daughter "opposite" of the gods Ares and Aphrodite, according to another version, the daughter of Zeus and Electra. The wife of Cadmus, mother Autonoe, Agave, Ino, Semele and polydorus, the sister of Iasion.

Fostered by the pleiad Electra. Athena and Hephaestus gave her "dress, dyed criminal structures" (vestis sceleribus tincta) on which their (sic) descendants were to be identified as tainted by crime, is sinful.

Her wedding with her by Cadmus honored with his presence (the first time) all the Olympians. Apollo himself played the harp, the Muses — avlakh, others gods praise the lucky few speeches. Hermes gave the lyre of Harmony, Aphrodite (or Hephaestus or Athena) — necklace, peplos and ABLOY, Demeter (which lay down with Iasion in the field) — the wheat harvest, and ELEKTRA the sacred rites of the great Mother of the gods with due rites, those cymbals, tambourines and a wide retinue. Of all wedding gifts Harmony greatest fame acquired necklace (later known as the Necklace of Harmonia), which brought her (and all the later holders of this decoration) misfortune.

At nonnu, the wedding took place either in Samothrace, or at the lake Trichonida. In Thebes were shown the ruins of the bridechamber Harmony and place on the square where at the wedding he sang the Muses, as well as three statues of Aphrodite, ex-votive gift of Harmony and made of wooden decorations on the bow of the ship Cadmus.

Later, in Illyria, when kadm (at his own request) was transformed by the gods into a serpent, Harmony, in desperation, tore off his clothes and called to his wife. Kadm encircled her naked body, licking her lips and fondled a breast. Inconsolable Harmony then turned to the gods and they turned into a snake, which was done.

In Roman mythology Harmony meets Concordia.
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Mythological scene

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1741

Size: 196.9×148 cm

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