Current Location:
South Apartment E -> 2nd Floor (bldg E)
Location Notes:
South E; A-2, Meeting Rm. 214

Narcissus and the Fall

Artwork
Identifier:
2010.34.1
Artist:
Rob Wilkinson
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Giclée on Canvas
Date:
2010
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 24 in Width: 30 in
Description:
Black and white image of a a town that seems to be falling down to appear like mountains. Long winding river winds up from the bottom of the image, and through through to the city. There are many figures of people on the shore to the right of the image.
Historical Context:
In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter from Thespiae in Boeotia who was known for his beauty. He was the son of the river god Cephissus and nymph Liriope. He was proud, in that he disdained those who loved him. Nemesis noticed this behavior and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus lost his will to live. He stared at his reflection until he died. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one's physical appearance or public perception.

Library of Congress Subjects:
Digital printing