Here is Albrecht Durer’s personification of the melancholic temperament in his most famous print, Melencolia I, shows a gloomy, idle figure who sits under an hourglass, weighed down by her own thoughts and surrounded by the unused tools of creative endeavor and scientific research.
The story depicts a violent moment which deprived the world, according to Greek mythology, from eternal spring. Now we only have a short span of spring. But here I ask myself and you, would we know and appreciate spring if we had it all the time? Without the harsh winter, how could we ever crave the warmth of spring?
let’s think about the ideas we could gather from the painting and think about them in context. The painting is believed to be a wedding gift. Who would have painted a scene of rape as a wedding gift to be hung in the wedding chamber most probably?