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Very true that the temptation in Lightning Thief is visual, whereas the Homeric version emphasizing taste. The Linton painting is fascinating for several reasons. The spectators in front are entranced by the art dealer’s tiny statuette, ignoring the life-sized statuary right above them and the delights of the garden in general. The spectators in the back are turned inward, paying attention to none of it, and mirror the stance of the servant girl behind the dealer, suggesting that turning inward is a form of servitude. I also noted that the dealer stands with his left foot forward, the classic stance in Greek and Egyptian statuary, suggesting that his has established lordship and dominion over this audience.



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