Bust of Aeschylus Dying
October 21, 2021
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
Aeschylus is the father of Greek tragedy, and was the author of 70 to 90 plays, only 7 of which survive today. However, it's not his plays that inspired Bryce to create this piece.
"His death was so strange," says Bryce, excitedly. "According to Pliny, someone had prophesied that Aeschylus would be killed by a falling object, so he lived his life outside as much as possible. One day, an eagle was trying to crack open a tortoise to eat, mistook Aeschylus' head for a rock, and dropped the tortoise on his head, killing him. I mean that is one of the craziest deaths. I'm fascinated by weird deaths like this." Bryce laughs. "This surely won’t be the last time you see some poor sod who died fantastically show up in my work, I imagine."