When we were home in New Zealand over summer, we visited Puke Ariki, (pronounced: pu-key ah-ree-kee, with the ‘u’ in ‘pu’ sounding like the ‘u’ in took, and look, and the ‘e’ in ‘key’ being a bit shortened, and while you are at it, roll the ‘r’ in ‘ree’), the wonderful combination of library and museum in New Plymouth. There was an intriguing art exhibition there, by Marian Maguire, who in lithographs and etchings shows the Greek hero Herakles as a New Zealand colonial pioneer. They are witty and provocative, and had I a spare several thousand dollars, I would race out and buy the lot.
The works can be viewed on-line (scroll down). They all appealed to me, but two especially have remained in my mind, for their irony and humour respectively.
And of course, Herakles’ attempt to repulse the Amazons is Futile.