Danae — Artemisia Gentileschi

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Danae, 1612 by Artemisia Gentileschi (1610-1656)

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Venus, Mars, and Cupid — Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni

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Venus, Mars, and Cupid, 1972 by Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni (1934-2000)

Cain and Abel — Frederic Leighton

Cain and Abel published 1881 by Frederic, Lord Leighton 1830-1896

Cain and Abel, 1881 by Frederic Leighton, (1830–1896)

Deimos — Dragan Bibin

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Deimos, 2015 by Dragan Bibin (b. 1984)

Kronos and Kairos — Carmen Chami

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Kronos and Kairos by Carmen Chami (b. 1974)

Diomedes Devoured by His Horses (After Moreau) — Sandra Yagi

Diomedes Devoured by His Horses (after Moreau), 2009 by Sandra Yagi

Diomedes Devoured by His Horses — Gustave Moreau

Diomedes Devoured by His Horses (1865) by Gustave Moreau (1826 – 1898)

Susanna and the Elders — Thomas Hart Benton

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Susanna and the Elders, 1938 by Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975)

The Fountain of Youth (Detail) — Lucas Cranach the Elder

Detail from Der Jungbrunnen (The Fountain of Youth), 1546 by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472–1553)

The Fountain of Youth (Detail) — Lucas Cranach the Elder

Detail from Der Jungbrunnen (The Fountain of Youth), 1546 by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472–1553)

“The Frog Prince,” a very short story by Robert Coover

“The Frog Prince” by Robert Coover 

At first, it was great. Sure. It always is. She cuddled a frog, wishing for more, and—presto! A handsome prince who doted on her. It meant the end of her marriage, of course, but her ex was something of a toad himself, who had a nasty habit of talking with his mouth full and a tongue good for nothing but licking stamps.

The prince was adorable—all the girls at the bridge club, squirming with envy, said so—though you could still see the effects his previous residence had had on him. He had heavy-lidded eyes and a wide mouth like a hand puppet’s, his complexion was a bit off, and his loose-fitting skin was thin and clammy. His semen had a muddy taste, like the pond he came from, and his little apparatus was disappointing, but his tongue was amazing. It could reach the deepest recesses, triggering sensations she’d never known before. His crown was not worn like a hat—it grew out of his head like horns and sometimes got in the way—but his tongue was long enough for detours and tickled other parts on the path in. It gave him not so much a lisp as a consonantal slurp, making gibberish out of his sweet nothings, but talking was never the main thing between them.

Read the rest of Robert Coover’s “The Frog Prince” at The New Yorker

Harpie — Ben Shahn

Harpie, 1951 by Ben Shahn (1898–1969). From Ben Shahn: His Graphic Art, George Braziller, Inc., NY 1957.

The Finding of Medusa — Edward Burne-Jones

The Finding of Medusa, 1888-1892 by Edward Burne-Jones (1833–1898)

Eve Tempted — John Roddam Spencer Stanhope

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Eve Tempted  by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829–1908)

Lucifer — Thomas Häfner

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Lucifer by Thomas Häfner (1928–85)

The Lotus Flower — F. Scott Hess

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The Lotus Flower, 1996 by F. Scott Hess (b. 1955)

The Trojan Horse — Gérard Vulliamy

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Le Cheval de Troie(The Trojan Horse) by Gérard Vulliamy (1909-2005 )