Deadalus and Icarus 14x22cm
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Daedalus was a highly respected and talented Athenian artisan descendent from the royal family of Cecrops, the mythical first king of Athens. He was known for his skill as an architect, sculpture, and inventor, and he produced many famous works.
Daedalus was exiled to Crete and placed in the service of King Minos who called him to build the famous Labyrinth in order to imprison the dreaded Minotaur. Daedalus revealed the mystery of the Labyrinth to Ariadne who in turn advised Theseus, enabling him to slay the Minotaur.
When Minos found out what Daedalus had done he was so enraged that he imprisoned Daedalus and his son Icarus in the Labyrinth themselves. Daedalus conceived to escape from the Labyrinth with Icarus from Crete by constructing wings and then flying to safety. He built the wings from feathers and wax, and before the two set off he warned Icarus not to fly too low lest his wings touch the waves and get wet, and not too high lest the sun melt the wax. But the young Icarus, overwhelmed by the thrill of flying, did not heed his father's warning, and flew too close to the sun whereupon the wax in his wings melted and he fell into the sea. Daedalus escaped to Sicily and Icarus' body was carried ashore by the current to an island that took his name.
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