Its all Uphill

Another homage to the classic old geniuses of antiquity. Titian was a profound influence on his contemporaries of the Italian Renaissance as well as future generations of western painters. His fluid painterly approach to mark making in oil is wonderful.

Sisyphus is of course a well-known mythological symbol of hubris being punished by eternal frustration. The constant rock carrying uphill only to see it tumble back down may be an apt sign of the current political climate in this country. I’m happily sisyphus-free myself.

Sisyphus (after Titian)

Sisyphus (after Titian), monotype, 9″ x 12″

click here for the original by the old Italian:


4 Responses to “Its all Uphill”

  1. The “Homage” series you’ve done are so good! There’s something compelling about paintings that interprete grand myths. I like your contemporay take on the theme – the ongoing political and economic downturn that can’t seem to be controlled.

  2. Grazie, mia sorella.

  3. […] Tityus was the Greek mythological character who was put to death for assaulting a daughter of Zeus and sentenced to be eternally chained in the great pit of Tartarus, a greek version of hell, while his liver (thought to hold passionate emotion, ie, anger) was gnawed at by vultures and snakes. This story of eternal struggle and retribution is similar to the Prometheus myth and in ways to the narrative of Sisyphus. Titian apparently loved this line of metaphor; he made paintings of all of these subjects. Last year I made a monotype based on his Sisyphus. […]

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