god of the winds
painted in 1995, 60 cm x 80 cm
Aeolus lived on the floating island of Aeolia, where he was visited by Odysseus and his crew on their way back from Troje to Ithaca. He gave them hospitality for a month and provided for a west wind to bring them home fast and safely.
He also offered them a bag containing all winds but the west. Unfortunately, just before they reached Ithaca, Odysseus’ crew foolishly opened this bag and the winds blew them back to Aeolia.
Aeolus refused them further help because he believed that their short and unsuccessful voyage meant that the Gods did not favor them.
Reproductions of this painting are available in sizes:
18 cm x 24 cm plain 25€
18 cm x 24 cm framed 35€
32 cm x 42,5 cm plain 60€
32 cm x 42,5 cm framed 80€
In this painting Aeolus bares a remarkable resemblance with the artist himself, Haris Varsakis.