ANDRÉ DURAND Twenty-First Century Paintings

HERMES AND THE GIANT ARGOS PANOPTES by André Durand (2010) (Hermes, GIANT, male naked, ARGOS PANOPTES, peacock, Zeus, Hera)



Dimensions: 102 x 102

Oil on linen



“Heaven’s master, Zeus could no more endure Io’s distress – a captive of Hera’s guard, the hundred-eyed giant Argos Panoptes, – and summoned his son, Hermes, whom the bright shining Maia bore, and charged him to accomplish Argus’ death. Promptly he fastened on his ankle-wings, grasped in his fist the wand that charms to sleep, put on his magic cap, and thus arrayed Zeus’ son, Hermes sprang from his father’s citadel down to earth. There he removed his cap, laid by his wings; only his wand he kept. A herdsman now, he drove a flock of goats through the green byways, gathered as he went, and played his pipes of reed. The strange sweet skill charmed Juno’s Hera’s guardian. ‘My friend’, he called, ‘whoever you are, well might you sit with me here on this rock, and see how cool the shade extends congenial for a shepherd’s seat.’ So Hermes joined him, and with many a tale he stayed the passing hours and on his reeds played soft refrains to lull the watching eyes. But Argus fought to keep at bay the charms of slumber and, though many of his eyes were closed in sleep, still many kept their guard. He asked too by what means this new design (for new it was), the pipe of reeds, was found. Then the god told this story of Pan and his pursuit of the Nymph Syrinx … The tale remained untold; for Hermes saw all Argus’ eyelids closed and every eye vanquished in sleep. He stopped and with his wand, his magic wand, soothed the tired resting eyes and sealed their slumber; quick then with his sword he struck off the nodding head and from the rock threw it all bloody, spattering the cliff with gore. Argus lay dead; so many eyes, so bright quenched, and all hundred shrouded in one night_.”

Ovid, Metamorphoses 1.583

Durand Album @ Greek Mythology Links

Hermes & Argos Panoptes
Attic Red Figure Stamnos 400 BC
Kunsthistorisches Museum

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