Theseus & Hippolyta

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Leigh Berggren

Hippolyta, I wooed thee with my sword, And won thy love doing thee injuries, But I will wed thee in another key, With pomp, with triump, and with reveling. He's got a lot of nerve, that Theseus! Picture two of my Midsummer Night's Dream trio, this one done in pencil. Here we see Theseus, Duke of Athens, in fresh battle with Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. The perspective is skewed for compositional purposes, but view this image as if they are seeing each other for the first time... they're taken by each other's sensual power, but also both bloodthirsty warlords each set out to murder the other. Hippolyta, in Shakespeare, is defeated by Theseus and is brought to Athens to be his bride. In Greek mythology, she bears a single son Hippolytus (odd since Amazons killed boy children at birth). For his fate, read Euripides. Oh, and I already know the cross on his sheild is historically implausible, and that Hippolyta should be missing a breast. So, yeah. =)

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