Flying Too Close to the Sun - James Cahill


The first major survey to reveal the ways in which Classical mythology has inspired art throughout the last 2,500 years.

Narcissus, Danaë, Icarus, Venus and our old friend, Oedipus are all featured in this extensive collection of classical and contemporary artworks depicting mythological figures and tales. With 220 artworks featured, Flying Too Close to the Sun demonstrates the continuing relevance of Greek and Roman myths to artists for over 2 millennia.

Freud also took great inspiration from mythology - particularly Greek, Roman and Egyptian myths - to help to understand our libidinal desire and as allegories for our drives.

An introductory essay by James Cahill explores Classical mythology as a source of inspiration for artists as well as musicians, writers and filmmakers. Family trees illustrate the couplings and offspring of gods and mortals, and chapter introductions tell the stories of 25 of the best known myths, all of them part of the DNA of Western culture.


James Cahill will be giving a talk at the Freud Museum on 13 November 2018 upon the release of this stunning book.

Phaidon 2018
Size: 26 x 30 cm

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