Sometimes I wonder how people ever come up with stories like this. Was it to teach a lesson? Could it really have happened in some form or another? Did some mother think their child was going off the deep end so she told a bedtime story to yank him back?
I love Greek mythology. I always did. I find the stories simply fascinating.
Narcissus is tragic. Here you have a handsome young man. He falls in love with a beautiful young lady, who he didn’t know was cursed by a goddess and made to echo everything he says. Can you imagine. He really wants a relationship and she just keeps repeating what he says. Finally he thinks she’s making fun of him. So he gets angry and rejects her. I can see that happening.
Then he gets punished for not understanding. No wonder people were forever getting angry at the gods!
As his punishment, the gods send him to a pool where he falls in love with his reflection and cannot leave. There he dies and when his friends find him a flower remains in his place. Yes, the lovely Narcissus.
That’s one version. There are many but I like this one the most and it goes along with the post I did of Echo in the A to Z E is for Echo post.
A note on Caravaggio, Caravaggio, considered the most famous painter of Rome in the 1600s, made the technique of chiaroscuro (3D effect done through value gradation) a dominant stylistic element, darkening the shadows and transfixing the subject in a blinding shaft of light. He was the forerunner of Baroque art and many artists after him styled their work after his.