Semele 

 

painter:Ferdinand Bol (1616-1680) product:Semele in Erwartung des Zeus year:1665
 
The Renaissance ideals that prevailed,

The Italians familiar with the history 

Of the gods by the turn of the 15th century,

Painting, architecture, the liberal arts flourish 

At the courts of noble rulers,

Above all, Venice was home 

To a celebrated school of painting,

They were the greatest masters of the period.

Hundreds claimed to be gods,

To take young virgins to their bed, 

But only take if he is genuine,

If so, he will give you his pledge of love,

Then ask him to take her

In all his majestic splendour

He can show her. 

 

Reference: 

Ovid, Metamorphoses, “Semele” p. 106, v 280-285.

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