Oedipus at Colonus

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Title

Oedipus at Colonus

Subject

Greek tragedy results in overwhelming guilt that results in irreversible actions

Description

ancient Greek tragedy, King Oedipus had gone into self-imposed exile at Colonus, a town near Athens, after discovering to his horror that, unwittingly, he had murdered his father and married his own mother. Oedipus, having blinded himself in remorse, is depicted here with blood-red eyes in a thick, scabby paint—the opposite of the normal use of smooth, clear textures for eyes.

The kneeling Polynices, one of Oedipus’ two sons, hopes to win his father's favor over his brother, who had usurped the throne. Outraged at both his unfaithful boys, Oedipus condemns them to die in battle by each other's hand. The blind king extends his powerful arms to curse them, while Polynices recoils as if struck a painful blow. Standing between her father and brother, Antigone seeks reconciliation. In contrast to Antigone’s strength of will, her weeping sister, Ismene, personifies sorrow.

Creator

Henry Fuseli

Source

National Gallery of Art

Date

1786

Contributor

Rhea Ganguli

Files

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Citation

Henry Fuseli, “Oedipus at Colonus,” Enlightenmens, accessed January 28, 2023, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/723.

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