Refrigerator magnet pictures an 1899 painting by American artist, Elihu Vedder (1836-1923), of the satyr Marsyas charming a group of hares with a flute. According to Greek myth, Marsyas found the flute on the ground, thrown there by goddess Athena because the gods made fun of the way her cheeks pooched out while playing. Marsyas then played the flute in a competition with lyre-playing Apollo. The Muses judged Apollo as the winner, a foregone conclusion. Apollo wasn't a very good winner. He stripped off Marsyas' skin as punishment for having dared to compete with a God.
|Elihu Vedder was born in New York but spent most of his adult years in Italy. He was one of several artists who illustrated editions of Edward Fitzgerald's translation of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. displays three of his murals in a hallway and a large mosaic of Minerva on a landing of stairs leading to the Visitors Gallery.|