The Minotaur (painting)  

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The Minotaur (1885) by George Frederic Watts
The Minotaur (1885) by George Frederic Watts

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The Minotaur is a painting by British painter George Frederic Watts. Watts was inspired to paint this picture by reading “The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon” by W. T. Stead. The tiny bird crushed in the hand of the minotaur is symbolic of the child prostitute.


Jorge Luis Borges discovered The Minotaur through a book about Watts by G. K. Chesterton and it inspired him to write the short story "The House of Asterion" (1947). Borges' story is from the perspective of the Minotaur who describes his solitary life.

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