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« on: June 02, 2015, 08:34:23 PM »

                                                        Icarus . Son of Daedalus who dared to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax. Daedalus had been imprisoned by King Minos of Crete within the walls of his own invention, the Labyrinth. But the great craftsman's genius would not suffer captivity. He made two pairs of wings by adhering feathers to a wooden frame with wax. Giving one pair to his son, he cautioned him that flying too near the sun would cause the wax to melt. But Icarus became ecstatic with the ability to fly and forgot his father's warning. The feathers came loose and Icarus plunged to his death in the sea.



                                                 
                                                                 
The Fall of Icarus
Peter Paul Rubens - 1636


                                                 

The Fall of Icarus
Laurent de La Hyre - Date unknown



                                                 


Lament for Icarus
Herbert James Draper - 1898



                                                 


Study for Daedalus Attaching Icarus' Wings
Joseph Marie Vien - circa 1754




                                                   


Daedalus Attaching Icarus' Wings
Joseph Marie Vien - circa 1754




                                                   

Henri Matisse: The Fall of Icarus (1947)



                                                   

Icarus (Henri Matisse,1947)




Landscape with the Fall of Icarus



William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963



According to Brueghel
when Icarus fell
it was spring

a farmer was ploughing
his field
the whole pageantry

of the year was
awake tingling
near

the edge of the sea
concerned
with itself

sweating in the sun
that melted
the wings’ wax

unsignificantly
off the coast
there was

a splash quite unnoticed
this was
Icarus drowning