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Since it was first published in 1855, Thomas Bulfinch's masterly collection of the myths and legends of Greece and Rome has proved so popular that even today it makes essential reading for any newcomer to mythology.
Now, for the first time, Bulfinch's stories are published with the full-color honors they deserve. For this special edition, his nineteenth-century literary references have been replaced by paintings-100 of the most stunning and dramatic masterpieces ever inspired by myth. The array of artists include Michelangelo, Botticelli, Titian, Poussin, Rubens and Burne-Jones. Now as we read about Oedipus solving the riddle of the Sphinx we can see how Ingres imagined the scene. We can see the terrifying head of the Medusa as painted by Caravaggio, the building of the Trojan horse by Tiepolo. Moreover, each painting is accompanied by a caption exploring the artist's technique and symbolism.
The paintings reproduced in The Illustrated Age of Fable cast Bulfinch's retelling in a fresh perspective, reflecting how profoundly mythology has affected Western artists, writers, and thinkers, and demonstrating how the images and gestures of the classical world have enriched our culture.
Here is the perfect pairing of story and art, filled with all the drama and emotion of the ages. The Illustrated Age of Fable is a fascinating treasury that will provide untold enjoyment.