Pegasus the Winged Horse
May 20, 2011 Leave a comment
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This is an updated version of a previous image I posted entitled Dreaming of Pegasus. I’ve altered the colours substantially and introduced a swimmer who is struggling to reach the boat. I think it’s a big improvement – any comments?
The origins of Pegasus the Winged Horse lie in Greek mythology where Pegasus is a divine, winged creature, the offspring of Poseidon, god of the sea, and Medusa, a monster from underneath the earth whose gaze could turn onlookers to stone. Pegasus’ image can be found on ancient Greek pottery and sculptures and paintings from the time of the Renaissance.
For the psychologist Carl Jung, Pegasus was a symbol of spiritual energy that allowed access to the realm of the gods on Mount Olympus. Other legends of Pegasus include descriptions of Pegasus as a symbol of wisdom in the Middle Ages, and as a symbol of creativity, particularly poetry, in the 19th century.