''Theseus Slays the Minotaur''
Illustration by Edmund Dulac
The subject of this illustration - Theseus - was a legendary king from Antiquity. Reputedly a unifying king, he was associated
with the mythical foundation of Ionia. Like other heroes, such as Perseus, Cadmus and Heracles, he was triumphant in battle
against foes that represented archaic religious and social orders.
One such foe in the tales of Theseus is the Minotaur (and more broadly, the subjugation of Athens by King Minos of Create).
As related in this classic Greek tale, Theseus traveled to Create to slay the Minotaur - a half-man, half-bull monster that had
been offered sacrifices of Athenian children upon the orders of King Minos. With the aid of Minos' daughter, Ariadne,
Theseus found the Minotaur in its Labyrinth and slew the beast.
Dulac has masterfully interpreted the classic tale in a manner that is similar to the technique he applied for those illustrations
published in Gods and Mortals in Love (1935).
Single Greeting Card (with matching Envelope)
Detail (for reference)
Reproduction on 12x18" sheet
Our Greeting Cards
When presented on Greeting Cards, this image is prepared as a tipped-on plate - in hommage to the hand-crafted
approach typical of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is
hand-finished, with the image presented on Ivory card stock with an accompanying envelope. On the rear of each
card we also present some information about Edmund Dulac and this wonderful illustration. We have left the interior
of the cards blank so that you may write your own personal message.
Our large format reproductions
Each of our large format reproductions are prepared with archival quality materials and processes to ensure many years
of enjoyment. In addition, our reproductions are accompanied by explanatory material relating to Edmund Dulac
and this wonderful illustration.
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