Landscape With the Rape of Hylas

c2011 Helen Reynolds
After 'Landscape with the Rape of Hylas' by Joseph Anton Koch, 1832
The title of this painting has an interesting hierarchy - this is at the point in art where the active figures started becoming smaller and smaller as the landscape itself grew in importance, and the title here really reflects that.
The intended audience for this painting must have completely enjoyed their contemplation of this poor chap Hylas' predicament as the five curvaceous nymphs reach out to grasp him. I am sure a lot of thought must have gone into imagining how they would have felt in Hylas' place.

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