The Second Birth of Dionysus
George Platt Lynes (American, East Orange, New Jersey 1907–1955 New York)
Gelatin silver print
24 x 19.2 cm (9 7/16 x 7 9/16 in.)
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of George Platt Lynes
Not on view
While living in Paris in the 1920s, Lynes developed friendships with many artists of the Surrealist circle, including Jean Cocteau and Man Ray. Influenced by the Surrealists’ interest in mythology, Lynes made a series of photographic interpretations of ancient Greek legends. According to one version of the Greek myth, Dionysus—son of Zeus and a mortal woman—is rescued from his dying mother’s womb and reborn from the thigh of his father. Lynes depicted the legend by manipulating two negatives into one print and airbrushing the seams to create a dreamlike image of the fantastical birth.