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When The Nereid Became Mermaid: Arnold Böcklin's Paradigm Shift
Arnold Böcklin's untraditional depiction of the Nereid as mermaid merges two strands that classical representations of the sea creature endeavoured to keep separate and that Roman iconography yielded to: the Nereid as idealised, anthropomorphic representative of the Olympian order in the treacherous realm that is the monster-breeding sea, and the erotically charged object of male attention. His intention, in his own words, was to fuse figure with setting and atmosphere, such that the Nereid wasdoi:10.21463/shima.12.2.09 fatcat:xszv6mhy4rdbhllw7nqe6razpa