Galatea - Gustave Moreau. Canvas, oil
According to ancient Greek mythology, Galatea is a Nereid, or a sea nymph, captivating with its tender beauty of the powerful, but ugly and cruel giant - Cyclops Polyphemus, son of the god of the seas Poseidon.
In the picture, the central part of the canvas is occupied by the charming Galatea, whose body literally glows with mother of pearl against the background of the magnificent decoration of the grotto. It is surrounded by numerous bright and bizarre marine plants and animals, which are surrounded by a colorful pattern on all sides. Around the beauty, a bizarre pattern contains numerous corals of bright and subdued colors, anemones, winding algae and other plants that adorn the seabed.
The beautiful Nereid calmly slumbers, spreading freely on the stones of the mysterious grotto hidden from the eyes of strangers, but does not even suspect that the gloomy Polyphem, who is in love with her, frowns at her. His huge face in the background with three monstrous eyes is depicted by alarming orange and reddish colors, distinguishing him against the background of the general variegation and cheerfulness of the nymph's environment. Polyphemus rests on his hand and does not take his eyes off his beloved. The future is not yet predetermined - can the beautiful Nereid fall in love with a monster or reject its sincere feelings?