Artist: Oliver Russell
Title: Bellerophontes and Pegasus
Description by artist: ‘Though there are multiple known tales of how Bellerophontes tamed Pegasus, I prefer the one where upon seeing the bridle gifted unto Bellerophontes by Athena, Pegasus willingly knelt before him. Together the pair went on to slay the fearsome fire-breathing Chimera. In his arrogance, Bellerophontes deemed himself worthy of a place amongst the gods on Mt Olympus. Infuriated by this presumptuous decision Zeus sent a gadfly to sting Pegasus, consequentially flinging Bellerophontes back down to earth. It is told that in an act of sympathy Athena spared Bellerophontes from the fall, leaving him a cripple. Devastated and crippled Bellerophontes tragically spent the rest of his days searching for Pegasus, who lived forevermore on Mt Olympus in great loyalty to Zeus.’
Oliver Russell. Bellerophontes and Pegasus. 2021. Permission granted by artist to display.