A Note on the Title Art

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Photograph of The Sirens and Ulysses taken by the author at the Manchester Art Gallery 2015

The skeleton featured in the cover art is originally a feature in an oil painting by William Etty (1787-1849) entitled The Sirens and Ulysses (1837). It represents a scene from Homer’s The Odyssey in which Ulysses leads his men past the Sirens. According to mythology, sirens are creatures that lure sailors to¬†shipwreck with their enchanting voices. Etty was particularly skilled at figure drawing and he modeled the dead and skeletonized bodies in his paintings after drawings he completed in the morgue.

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