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975904 Sisyphus (chromolitho) by French School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sisyphus. French educational card, late 19th/early 20th century.); © Look and Learn

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Bats Beliefs Guerin Boutron Hell Popular Representation Pagan Paganism Pagans Polytheism Polytheist Punishment Sisyphus


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This chromolitho print titled "Sisyphus" takes us back to the ancient world of Greek mythology. Created by an unknown French School artist in the 19th century, this artwork beautifully captures the essence of Sisyphus' eternal punishment. In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a cunning and deceitful king who was condemned by the gods to roll a massive boulder up a steep mountain, only for it to roll back down just as he reached the top. This ceaseless task symbolizes the futility and never-ending struggle that often exists in our own lives. The image portrays Sisyphus laboring against his punishment with determination etched on his face. The rocky landscape surrounding him represents both his physical confinement and mental anguish. As bats flutter around him, their presence adds an eerie touch, emphasizing the underworld nature of his torment. Sisyphus' story has remained popular throughout history due to its profound representation of human existence and our constant battle against adversity. It serves as a reminder that even in ancient times, people grappled with questions about life's purpose and meaning. This chromolitho print offers us a glimpse into one of Greece's most enduring myths while showcasing the artistic talent of its creator. Through this piece, we are transported into a world where gods punished mortals for their transgressions and where belief systems shaped entire civilizations.

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