The Fall of Phaeton c1604 by Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640) – Has been digitally enhanced for more vibrancy of this 400+ year painting.
The Fall of Phaeton c1604 by Flemish Painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640); considered to be one of the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque Tradition and was also painter of the Renaissance Period.
The Fall of Phaeton is the story of the son of the Sun God Helios who is granted the wish of riding Helios Chariot Across The Sky as proof that he is the father of Phaeton; an endeavor that not even Zues would attempt.
This of course leads to problems as the young man can not control the four horses (Aethon, Eous, Phlegon and Pyrois) that drive the chariot and Phaeton begins to damage the earth by freezing and then burning it, creating the Nubian Desert as well as drying up lakes and rivers.
Zeus upon seeing this, decideds to put an end to Phaetons escapade and unleashes a lightning bolt that strikes Phaeton sending his lifeless body plunging toward the earth and ending up in the Eriadanos River.
This is a retouched digital art reproduction of a public domain image.