Ron Embleton (biography)Medium:
Mixed Media on PaperSize:
26" x 18" (660mm x 460mm)Date:
1984This is the original Mixed Media art by Ron Embleton.
This is the original painting by Ron Embleton used to illustrate the book Aesop's Fables, retold by Lornie Leete-Hodge (Dean, London, 1985).
A hare that is fleeing from an eagle begs a beetle for shelter. The beetle pleads that the right of asylum is guaranteed by Zeus but the eagle, being the bird of Zeus, arrogantly disregards this and tears the hare to pieces. In revenge, the beetle climbs to the eagle's nest and rolls out its eggs, following it up the higher it builds. Finally the eagle lays its eggs in the lap of Zeus but the beetle flies about the god's head, or in some versions rolls a ball of dung onto him, causing the god to leap up and let the eggs fall to the ground.
This original painting is from the Ron Embleton family collection.