The Lament for Icarus ~ A Painting by Henry James Draper

The Lament for Icarus by Herbert James Draper

The Lament for Icarus (1898) by Henry James Draper

Herbert James Draper was an English Classicist painter who lived from 1863 to 1920.

The Lament for Icarus (1898) is Draper’s most famous painting. It shows Icarus from Greek mythology, surrounded by lamenting sea nymphs. His father, Daedalus, makes wings out of wax so that he and Icarus can escape from the island of Crete. Icarus flies too near the sun, though, and he plunges to his death when the wings melt.