Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Myth and Romantic Love—The Listener at the Wall

John William Waterhouse, Thisbe, 1909, oil on canvas, Private Collection

British artist John William Waterhouse (1849-1917) based the majority of his works of art on Greek and Roman mythology as well as Arthurian legends. For example, Waterhouse illustrates the story of Thisbe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  Forbidden to marry her lover Pyramus, she can only communicate with him through a crack in a wall.

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