Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)


Diomedes Being Eaten by his Horses, 1865

This event is from the eighth labor of Hercules, who was ordered to capture the four flesh-eating horses belonging to King Diomedes. There are different versions of the myth; in one, Hercules kills Diomedes in battle and feeds him to his horses to calm them. In another, he feeds Diomedes to the horses out of revenge for the death of Abderus, a companion eaten by the horses.

Diomedes Devoured by Horses

A slightly later version, also by Moreau: Diomedes Devoured by Horses, 1866
watercolor over graphite

Gustave Moreau


Athenians being delivered to the Minotaur in the Cretan Labyrinth, 1855.
In tribute to Minos, Athenians were forced to send seven youths and seven maidens to the Minotaur every year to be devoured.

Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)

Thracian Girl Carrying Head of Orpheus on His Lyre, 1865

Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)

The park and the angel of death, 1890