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Oreithyia (Orythie) in Greek mythology & Artists' representations

"Boreas abducts Oreithyia"
Relief in bronze
Anonymous, around 350 B.C.
British Museum

Illustration


"What in water did Bloom, waterlover, drawer of water, watercarrier, returning to the range, admire?"

Its universality: its democratic equality and constancy to its nature in seeking its own level: its vastness in the ocean of Mercator's projection: its unplumbed profundity in the Sundam trench of the Pacific exceeding 8000 fathoms: the restlessness of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all points of its seaboard: the independence of its units: the variability of states of sea: its hydrostatic quiescence in calm: its hydrokinetic turgidity in neap and spring tides: its subsidence after devastation: its sterility in the circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic: its climatic and commercial significance: its preponderance of 3 to 1 over the dry land of the globe: its indisputable hegemony extending in square leagues over all the region below the subequatorial tropic of Capricorn: the multisecular stability of its primeval basin: its luteofulvous bed: its capacity to dissolve and hold in solution all soluble substances including millions of tons of the most precious metals: its slow erosions of peninsulas and islands, its persistent formation of homothetic islands, peninsulas and downwardtending promontories: its alluvial deposits: its weight and volume and density: its imperturbability in lagoons and highland tarns: its gradation of colours in the torrid and temperate and frigid zones: its vehicular ramifications in continental lakecontained streams and confluent oceanflowing rivers with their tributaries and transoceanic currents, gulfstream, north and south equatorial courses: its violence in seaquakes, waterspouts, Artesian wells, eruptions, torrents, eddies, freshets, spates, groundswells, watersheds, waterpartings, geysers, cataracts, whirlpools, maelstroms, inundations, deluges, cloudbursts: its vast circumterrestrial ahorizontal curve: its secrecy in springs and latent humidity, revealed by rhabdomantic or hygrometric instruments and exemplified by the well by the hole in the wall at Ashtown gate, saturation of air, distillation of dew: the simplicity of its composition, two constituent parts of hydrogen with one constituent part of oxygen: its healing virtues: its buoyancy in the waters of the Dead Sea: its persevering penetrativeness in runnels, gullies, inadequate dams, leaks on shipboard: its properties for cleansing, quenching thirst and fire, nourishing vegetation: its infallibility as paradigm and paragon: its metamorphoses as vapour, mist, cloud, rain, sleet, snow, hail: its strength in rigid hydrants: its variety of forms in loughs and bays and gulfs and bights and guts and lagoons and atolls and archipelagos and sounds and fjords and minches and tidal estuaries and arms of sea: its solidity in glaciers, icebergs, icefloes: its docility in working hydraulic millwheels, turbines, dynamos, electric power stations, bleachworks, tanneries, scutchmills: its utility in canals, rivers, if navigable, floating and graving docks: its potentiality derivable from harnessed tides or watercourses falling from level to level: its submarine fauna and flora (anacoustic, photophobe), numerically, if not literally, the inhabitants of the globe: its ubiquity as constituting 90 percent of the human body: the noxiousness of its effluvia in lacustrine marshes, pestilential fens, faded flowerwater, stagnant pools in the waning moon."

James Joyce, Ulysses, 1921

Illustration

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie par Borée"
Terra-cotta
Jean-Francois VAN GEEL (1756-1830)
Private collection

"Borée et Orithye"
Chalk and charcoal
Michel II CORNEILLE (1642-1708)
Musée du Louvre

Illustration
Illustration

"Orythie enlevée par Borée"
Charcoal sketch
Joseph Ferdinand LANCRENON (1822)
Musée du Louvre

Illustration

"Orythie enlevée par Borée"
Oil on canvas
Joseph-Ferdinand LANCRENON (1822)
Musée de Montargis

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Oil on canvas
Evelyn de Morgan (1855-1919)
Unknown collection

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Indian ink
Gabriel GASPERAZZO (2002)
Private collection

"Borée enlevant Orithye"
Oil on canvas
Sebastiano CONCA (1681-1764)
Musée du Louvre

Illustration
illustration
"Borée et Orithye"
Oil on wood
Charles MONNET (1770)
Chateau de versailles

"The rape of Orithyia by Boreas"
Porcelain
Giovanni Battista FOGGINI (1745)
Art institute of Chicago

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlevant Orithye"
Oil on canvas
Francesco SOLIMENA (1700)
Galeria Spada, Roma

"Borée enleve Orythie"
Oil on canvas
Pierre Paul RUBENS (1577-1640)
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister

Illustration
illustration
"L'air, ou Borée enlevant Orythie"
Gilded plaster on gilding paste
Augustin PAJOU (1730-1809)
Musée du Louvre
Illustration

"Psyché et l'Amour ou Borée et Orythie"
Brown wash over black chalk
Jean Honoré FRAGONARD (1732-1806)
Musée du Louvre

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie"
Oil on canvas
François André VINCENT (1759)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

Illustration
Illustration

"Orithye enlevée par Borée"
Oil on canvas
François André VINCENT (1746-1816)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie"
Oil on canvas
François André VINCENT (1746-1816)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

Illustration
Illustration

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie par Borée"
Etching
Paolo FARINATI, unknown date
Unknown location

"Borée poursuivant Orithye"
Red-figure bell-krater
Unknown artist (430 B.C.)
Musée du Louvre

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
wall painting
René Antoine HOUASSE (1780)
Musée National des Chateaux de Versailles

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie par Borée"
Bronze
Gaspard MARSY (1724-1781)
Private collection

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlevant Oreithyie"
Red-figure oenochoe
Unknown artist (360 B.C.)
Musée du Louvre

"Orythie"
Etching
François CHAUVEAU (1613-1676)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy

...
Il la mena jusque dans son empire,
Où le voyant d'un tel éclat reluire
Sa vanité fit cesser son regret,
Et se rendit à ce frivole attrait.
Lors que le vent nous emporte, à vray dire,
Tout est perdu.

Dilectaque diu caruit Deus Orythia.

Illustration
Illustration

"L'enlèvement d'Orithye par Borée"
Painting
Cosimo ULIVELLI (1650)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dole

"Borée enlevant Orithye"
Painting
Giovanni Antonnio PELLEGRINI (1725)
Musée du Louvre

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Marble
Gaspard MARSY (1624-1681) and Anselme FLAMEN (1647-1717)
Jardin de Tuilleries - Paris

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Marble
Gaspard MARSY (1624-1681) and Anselme FLAMEN (1647-1717)
Jardin de Tuilleries - Paris

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Marbre
Gaspard MARSY (1624-1681) et Anselme FLAMEN (1647-1717)
Jardin de Tuilleries - Paris

"Borée enlevant Orythie au jardin des tuilleries"
Watercolor
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"The flight of Boreas with Oreithyia"
Oil on canvas
Charles WILLIAM MICHELL, 1893
Private collection

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Etching
XX VINCENT, unknown date
Unknown location

Illustration
illustration
"Orythie enlevée par Borée"
Black chalk and highlights in white chalk
Joseph-Ferdinand LANCRENON (1822)
Private collection

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Oil on canvas
François VERDIER (1651-1730)
Musée du Chateau de Versailles

Illustration
Illustration

"Orithye et Borée"
Aqua fortis
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

"Rape of Orithyia"
Ceramic
Unknown artist (1814)
England, Royal collection

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Bronze
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

"Boreas abducting Oreithyia"
Oil on canvas
François BOUCHER, 1769
Private collection

Illustration
Illustration

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie"
Tapestry
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

"Borée enlevant Orythie"
Nib, brown ink on brown wash white gouache highlights on paper
Lorenzo de FERRARI, unknown date
Besançon ; Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie

Illustration
Illustration

"Etude pour Orythie"
Blood orange, white and black chalk highlights
Francois-Andre VINCENT, 1782
Unknown location

"Borée enleve Orythie"
Blood orange rough
John William WATERHOUSE, 2011
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"Boree enlevant Orythie"
Rough layout from sculpture of Gaspard MARSY and Anselme FLAMEN of 1687
Unknown artist, 2012
Le Louvre

"The abduction of Oreithya by Boreas"
Oil on canvas
Jean Jacques LAGRENEE JEUNE, 1774
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"L'enlevement d'Orythie par Borée"
Oil on canvas
Unknown artist and date
Unknown location

"Boreas und Orethys"
Fresco
Johann HEINRICH RITTER, 1740
Chateau de Altenburg, Thurin

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Etching
Unknown artist and date
Unknown location

"Boreas and Orithya"
Aqua fortis
Heinrich LOSSOW, 1880
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"L'enlèvement d'Orythie"
Engraving
Pierre ROCHE, 1911
Private collection

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Scultpure
Unknown artist and date
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"Boreas and Orinthyia"
Oil painting
Oswald von GLEHN, 1858
Unknown location

"Boreas Abducting Oreithyia"
Oil on canvas
Giovanni FRANCESCO ROMANELLI, XVIIe siècle
Gallerie Spada, Rome

Illustration
Illustration

"Boreas abducting Oreithyia"
Nib on brown wash"
Artist of italian scool, 1680
Private collection

"Borea E Orizia"
Oil painting
Federico CERVELLI (1625-1700)
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Aqua fortis
Unknown artist and date
Unknown location

"Borée enlève Orythie"
Oil on canvas
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

Illustration
Illustration

"La Venus de Milo", Details
Oil painting
Sandro BOTICELLI, 1484
Unknown location

"Borée abducting Orythie"
Aqua fortis
Unknown artist, unknown date
Unknown location

Illustration

The Oceanids

Sea nymphs, the oceanids were born of the incestuous union between the Titans Oceanus and his sister.

Illustration
Illustration

"L'océanide Doris, mère de Orythie"
Aerograph
Unknown artist, unknown date
Facebook

"Nérée, le père de Orythie"
Etching
Unknown artist, unknown date

Illustration

The Nereids

The Nereids are the daughters of Nereus and Doris and granddaughters of Oceanus.

Illustration

They symbolise the virtues and justice and personify the countless waves and different states of the sea, which explains their number: sometimes there are fifty and other times one hundred.

The Nereids lives at the bottom on the sea in their father's palace, seated upon golden thrones. They were, of course, of great beauty and passed their time spinning, weaving and singing. In legends, they are usually observers: they cry with Thetys for the deaths of Achilles and Patrocles, they assist Hercules on advising him on the fashion for interrogating Nereus (see The 12 Labours of Hercules : Apples of the Hesperides). They are also present in liberation of Andromeda by Perses. In alphabetical order: Actaea, Agaue, Amatheia, Amphinome, Amphithoe, Amphitrite, Apseudes, Autonoe, Callianassa, Callianeira, Calypso, Ceto, Clymene, Cranto, Cymaolege, Cymo, Cymodoce, Cymothoe, Dero, Dexamene, Doris, Doto, Dynamene, Eione, Erato, Euagore, Euarne, Eucrante, Eudore, Eulimene, Eumolpe, Eunice, Eupompe, Galanene, Galatea, Glauce, Glauconome, Halie, Halimede, Hipponoe, Hippothoe, Iaera, Ianassa, Ianeira, Ione, Laomedeia, Leiagore, Limnoreia, Lysianassa, Maera, Melite, Menippe, Nausithoe, Nemertes, Neomeris, Nesaea, Neso, Oeithyia, Panope, Pasithea, Pherusa, Plexaure, Polynome, Pontomedusa, Pontoporeia, Pronoe, Proto, Protomedeia, Psamathe, Sao, Speio, Thaleia, Themisto, Thetis, Thoe.

Boreas and Orithyia has two sons : Calais and Zetes (the Boreads) and two daughters, Chione and Cleopatra.

We warmly thank the respective owners and institutions for allowing us to gather these representations of our dear Orythie, Orithye, Oreithyie, Orithyia, Oreithyia ...