Susanna and the Elders — Thomas Hart Benton

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

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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 )

The Labyrinth — Robert Vickrey

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The Labyrinth by Robert Vickrey (1926-2011)

Him — Paula Rego

Him 1996 by Paula Rego born 1935

Him, 1996 by Paul Rego (b. 1935)

The Abduction of Proserpina — Nicolae Maniu

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L’Enlevement de Proserpine (The Abduction of Proserpina), 1985 by Nicolae Maniu (b. 1944)

Adam and Eve — Carlos Alonso

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Adan y Eva (Adam and Eve), 1965 by Carlos Alonso (b. 1929)

Bacchus and Ariadne (Detail) — Titian

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Bacchus and Ariadne (detail),1522–23 by Titian (c. 1488-1576)

Sketch from Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne — Frank Auerbach

Sketch from Titian's 'Bacchus and Ariadne' 1970-71 by Frank Auerbach born 1931

Sketch from Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, 1970–1 by Frank Auerbach (b. 1931)

Night and Sleep — Evelyn de Morgan

Night and Sleep