Greek God of Sleep Hypnos
Oil on canvas, 16 inches by 20 inches, 2015. SOLD.
Inspired by a bronze statue from the British Museum London which I first encountered in the late 1960’s early 70’s.
The god of sleep
Hypnos, first appears in mythology in the works of one of the earliest Greek poets, Hesiod (lived around 700 BC), where he as (Sleep) and Thanatos (Death) were the terrible sons of Nyx (Night). He was, however, generally viewed as benevolent to mankind. The god was frequently mentioned in literary sources, and associated with poppies and sleep-inducing herbs. Hypnos’ wings allowed him to move swiftly over land and sea, and to fan the foreheads of the weary until they fell asleep. His son was Morpheus, the personification of dreams. READ MORE