“A Mermaid” by John William Waterhouse (1900).
“Triumph of Poseidon and Amphitrite”. Detail of a mosaic from Cirta, Roman Africa (325 BC).
I always loved reading about myths and mythical creatures. I love watching the paintings as much as reading about it, too.
Those creatures painted in 17th~19th century always captures my eyes. They look so real that makes me believe that, they might actually existed.
While searching about mythical creatures, paintings of Herbert James Draper attracted me the most.
"The Lament for Icarus" by Herbert James Draper(1898)
"Flying Fish" by Herbert James Draper(1910)
'Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom' by Ilya Repin(1876)
"Odysseus and the Sirens" by Herbert James Draper(1909)
The reason his painting attracts me, I guess, is its realism. The texture of the wet skin of mermaids, softness of Icarus's wings, warmth of the sunlight and the iciness of the shadow.
Hi was very talented artist. After graduating the Royal Academy, He undertook several educational trips to Rome and Paris.
Herbert won the Royal Academy Gold Medal and Travelling Studentship in 1889.
Settling in London, he worked as an illustrator.
"Study of Flying Fish" by Herbert James Draper