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The canvas "Hercules and Omfala" belongs to the brush of the French painter Francois Boucher, a prominent representative of the Rococo and one of the most beloved artists of King Louis XV. The painting was painted in 1735, is considered one of the early works. It is located in the Museum of Fine Arts named after A.S. Pushkin in Moscow.
The basis for the canvas was the myth of the son of Zeus and the earthly woman - Hercules. Trying to perform one of the 12 feats entrusted to him, the hero finds himself in slavery with the Queen of the Lydian kingdom - Omfaly. Such a terrible punishment becomes a punishment for his killing Ifit, son of Hebrew. Herald of the Gods - Hermes, gives Hercules under the protection of Omfala for exactly 3 years.
The spell of the beautiful queen does not leave Hercules indifferent. The young hero gives her his heart, losing the desire for exploits and his inherent militancy. A man decides to stay at home, which the kingdom of Omfala has become for him, and therefore puts on women's clothing. Omfala removes him from hard work, forcing him to sit behind a spinning wheel or to help slaves. In a love union, children are born, later they become the first kings of Lydia.
For many centuries, Omfala was identified with the goddess Astarta, or Aphrodite-Urania, combining the femininity inherent in the weaker sex and the features of a real warrior.
Using precisely this storyline to paint the picture, Boucher skillfully conveyed erotic and sensual moments that are absent in the mythological retelling, but clearly not devoid of the right to exist. The central place in the picture is reserved for the main characters - Hercules and Omfale, located in luxurious chambers. The bodies of men and women are naked to the waist. On the right side in the corner are seen two cupids, it is they who push the lovers to each other.
When writing the canvas, bright colors were used to fully convey the passion boiling in the hearts of young people. The characters are well lit, which allows you to consider the smallest details of naked bodies, ideally prescribed by the artist.
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