02 May 2009

Juno in the Underworld 2

In my previous post I started looking at Juno's trip to the Underworld. In addition to the male villains we looked at last time, she also saw the Danaides.

Salieri's opera Les Danaïdes was first staged in 1784. The YouTube extract below has the Danaides's entry after murdering their husbands.

Liverpool's Walker Gallery has Rodin's Danaid, with extensive commentary and a downloadable gallery talk on the piece. Perhaps the most famous picture of the Danaides is the 1903 painting by Waterhouse shown below (now in a private collection). (public domain image from wiki commons)

Sargent's 1922-1925 picture of the Danaides is in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. (public domain image from museum syndicate)

Juno's purpose in going down to the Underworld was to recruit Tisiphone, one of the Furies, to drive Athamas, Ino's husband, into a state of madness in which he would cause the death of his family. Muziamo's 1548 picture of Athamas is in Tivoli's Villa d'Este.

Two reviews of Telemann's 1765 dramatic cantata, Ino, are reviewed here.

The 1801 picture of Athamas below is by Migliarini and is now in Rome's Accademia Nazionale di San Luca, but is not on their website. (public domain image from wikicommons)

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