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Cassandra
Cassandra

Photo credit: De Morgan Collection

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In Greek legend, Cassandra (the daughter of King Priam, the King of Troy) was passionately loved by Apollo. He promised to grant her whatever she asked if she loved him in return. Cassandra asked for the gift of prophecy, however, once she received her powers she refused to keep her part of the bargain. Angry, Apollo wet her lips with his tongue, ensuring that no one would believe her predictions – although they were invariably correct. Cassandra was looked upon by the Trojans as insane and was confined. Her name has become synonymous the prophet of doom. In Virgil’s Aeneid, she prophesied the fall of Troy through a wooden horse but was not believed. In the picture, she is seen tearing her hair because what she has foretold has come true.

Title

Cassandra

Date

1898

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 124 x W 73.8 cm

Accession number

P_EDM_0022

Acquisition method

gift

Work type

Painting

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De Morgan Collection

England

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