14th September 2016, Morpheus Fine Art on Facebook publish an image of 'Perseus' by Edward Burne-Jones from 1888. Burne-Jones was a British (1833-1898) artist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement and had great influence upon the French Symbolists.
|'Perseus' by Edward Burne-Jones|
b) First realisations
I suddenly looked at it and realised that this painting with its sea serpent had been referenced by Giger in his some of his Mordor paintings and namely Mordor V. I recall when looking at this Giger , painting , I thought about a mermaid's purse (a shark egg) ( See: Mermaid Purse thoughts) and now think it might be a play on the name Perseus.
However I had decided that James Gleeson's "The Betrothal Of Two Classic Edifices" had been referenced in Mordor V and then I realised this might mean that Gleeson had abstractly referenced "Perseus" in the painting. Perseus foot at the bottom has been turned into the nasal cavity of the skull on the bottom right with the toes as the teeth. Perseus's legs have become legs leaning towards a different angle.
The serpents body has become the tops of walls and the division down the circular architecture on the top right. Perseus' arm that holds the sword now reaches from a hole in the back a human's back to reach into another hole having transformed into a part of a long yellow cloth.
Having said that, it would be useful to see what else Gleeson exactly had coming into his painting. But Giger would have understood the similarities and played around with them in his own composition.
|Edward Burne-Jones "Perseus" and James Gleeson's "The Betrothal Of Two Classic Edifices"|
Perseus bag has been merged with the Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock pendulum image (See: Fisher Price Music Box Teaching Clock) and turned into a moon hopper with Andromeda's buttocks as its face. The Serpents body transforms into these sausage forms. Perseus foot has become both the toes and the skull. (See Skull from James Gleeson's "Betrothal of two classic edifices" and wooden gate from Fisher Price Teaching Clock merge together as a skull in Giger's Mordor V )
|Edward Burne-Jones "Perseus" and Giger's "Mordor V"|
|Giger's Mordor V|