Classical myths, biblical stories, and famous works of literature have inspired artists for centuries to give visual form to compelling characters and moving scenes that may only exist as a written text. Artists play with such literary sources like musicians with a score, instilling in their rendering their own personal preferences and styles. These images complement the original texts, expanding their meaning and opening new avenues of interpretation.
La maestra rural [The Rural Teacher], 1932 (detail)
The Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1986