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22-MAY-2010

Rome B2 Villa Borghese 065.jpg

La Maga Circe (The sorceress Circe)

Dosso Dossi (c. 1490 Ė 1542) [1], real name Giovanni di NiccolÚ de Luteri, was an Italian Renaissance painter who belonged to the Ferrara School of Painting.

Wikipedia on Circe: In Greek mythology, Circe (pronounced /ˈsɜrsiː/; Greek Κίρκη KŪrkē "falcon") is a minor goddess of magic (or sometimes a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress) living on the island of Aeaea.

Circe's father was Helios (or Helius), the god of the sun and the owner of the land where Odysseus' men ate cattle, and her mother was Perse, an Oceanid. She was sister of two kings of Colchis, ∆Žtes and Perses, and of PasiphaŽ, mother of the Minotaur. Circe transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals through the use of magical potions. She was renowned for her knowledge of drugs and herbs.

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