The Artist as Murderer

An Enduring Legend from Ancient Greece to the Modern Day

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About the Book

The 4th century BC Greek painter Parrhasius murdered his model—an old man who was his slave—to achieve, so the story goes, a more lifelike depiction of nature. The tale has inspired similar, more elaborate stories about both well known and obscure artists—including da Vinci, Michelangelo and Rubens. Elements of it have appeared in theater, literature and film, as well as in comments by painters, historians, critics and anatomists. Challenging the archetype of the artist as a sympathetic lover of nature, this book examines the artist as cruel and murderous in service of art and ambition, and indirectly addresses a different understanding of the relationship between art and life.

About the Author(s)

The late Norman E. Land lived in Columbia, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Norman E. Land
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8395-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4860-6
Imprint: McFarland