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The 3 Fates

Dru P. King
GVSU Collection
Oil on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 48 in Width: 40 in
Historical Context:
Dru King received his BA from Grand Valley State University and his MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design with a emphasis on painting. King's style has been compared to that of Gustav Klimt and his work is commonly described as beautiful, lyrical and exotic. His subjects are commonly placed against ambiguous and sometimes colorful backgrounds and are typically arranged in deistic poses. This painting draws inspiration from the Greek mythology story of the 3 Fates (or Moirai), who controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal from birth to death.

Wikipedia Summary:

The Fates were a common motif in European polytheism, most frequently represented as a group of three mythological goddesses (although the numbers differed in certain eras and cultures). They were often depicted as weavers of a tapestry on a loom, with the tapestry dictating the destinies of men. The primary instances were:

  • Moirai, the Fates of Greek mythology who control the Threads of Fate
  • Parcae, the Fates of Roman mythology
  • Sudice (mythology), the Fates of Slavic mythology
  • Norns, the Fates of Norse mythology and related to other female deities in Germanic paganism

This motif has been replicated in fictional accounts, such as:

  • Three Witches, characters in Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • The Fates, characters in Disney's Hercules
  • The Sisters of Fate (God of War II), video game characters based on the Greek Fates.

See also

  • Matres and Matrones, ancient deities venerated in northwestern Europe
Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Term:
oil paintings
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mythology, Classical