Death of Procris by Piero di Cosimo

Death of Procris by Piero di Cosimo

In the foreground of the picture above the half-naked woman lying on the grass with a wound on her neck, perhaps already dead, her two faithful friends-a satyr and a dog-bent down. The horizontal format of the picture allows to show the perspective, in particular the view of the coast, along which different animals roam.

The plot of this beautiful painting is not clear, but it is assumed that the artist depicted the ancient myth of the death of Procris, who died at the hands of her husband Kefal, who was jealous of her to the faun. Others consider this picture as an illustration to the Renaissance poem by Niccolo da Correggio Cephalus or some other work that has not survived to this day. In any case, no interpretation explains the absence of Kefal.

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