Art Across the Curriculum
Herbert Draper - Ulysses and The Sirens 1909
A variant on the neo-classical tradition of the late Victorian era, Draper's pictures often had a nautical theme; he was particularly fond of painting nymphs and mermaids.
The subject of the painting is taken from Greek legend, as described in Homer's Odyssey, the epic poem describing the adventures of Ulysses (Odysseus) on his journey home from Troy. Ulysses and his men had to sail past rocks where sirens sang, tempting sailors to their doom. To overcome the temptation, Ulysses ordered his crew to plug their ears and keep rowing, whilst he tied himself to the ship's mast.
Potential curriculum links:
KS2 Art & Design - Developing ideas; Landscape Art & Perspective
KS3 Art & Design - Fine Art; Cultural Diversity
KS4 Art & Design - History of Art - Movements, Genres; Fine Art
KS2/4 English - Creating Writing
KS2 Geography - Around the world
KS2 History - Ancient Greece - Myths and Legends
Take a look at the Case Study page for an example of how to use a painting in an Art Across the Curriculum Project.