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- Humans have always dreamed of flight, of reaching the sky, touching the stars.
- In Greek mythology, Daedalus, imprisoned by King Minos on the Island of Crete in the middle of the sea, longs for Athens, his native land.
- To escape, Daedalus creates wings held together by wax.
- Daedalus cautions his son, Icarus, not to fly too high or the wax could melt.
- During their flight, Icarus, overtaken by the joy of being airborne, ignores his father's warnings and soars to dangerous heights.
- With Daedalus watching, the sun's rays melt the wax wings, and Icarus plummets into the sea where he drowns.
The unhappy father, now no longer a father, shouted "Icarus, Icarus where are you? Which way should I be looking, to see you? Icarus!" he called
again. Then he caught sight of the feathers on the waves, and cursed his
, Book 8, 183–235
Icarus had fortunate successors, and eventually people mastered the
skies to the point that flying has become a common occurrence. Having
overcome earth's gravity, humans have launched into space and continue
to explore the heavens.
In the painting we spot a butterfly – a symbol of the dreamer's gentle soul –
resting next to a winged human figure jumping off a cliff. The feather that
lightly rests on the window frame is a reminder of the daring spirit of Icarus.