They’re a little needy.

For the Bloomsday that’s in it.

A swarm of Sirens selected by historical blogger Sibling of Daedalus.

Sibling writes:

Episode 11 of Ulyssess takes place in the Ormond Hotel where Leopold Bloom reimagines two barmaids and a lady of the night as the mermaids inducing men to their deaths in Homer’s epic, Odysseus.

To give these much-maligned, femmes fatlales their due (Siren’s Day?) behold a hand-picked collection of virtually irresistible, shore-based temptresses captured by painters through the years.

As Bloom later notess: “Beauty: it curves, curves are beauty. Shapely goddesses, Venus, Juno: curves the world admires.’


From top: Henrietta Ray; Leon Auguste Adolphe Belly; William Etty; Gustav Wertheimer; Gustav Moreau; Otto Greiner; Peter von Cornelius;  JW Waterhouse; Norman Lindsay; HJ Draper and Otto Greiner.

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34 thoughts on “Sirens

  1. Louis Lefronde

    And not a drop of fake tan in sight!

    Ah, if only Bloodmsday hadn’t been commandeered by old bores from Fitzwilliam and the Law Library. The original Bloomsday, namely the one created by the Baggotonians in 1953 looked far more interesting, especially the lads drunk on Sandymount Strand.

    Speaking of which, when are they going to put up a plaque to the original Baggotonians outside Searsons?

    I wouldn’t hold my breath for the unimaginative in Dublin City Council to do their bit….

    1. Eamonn Clancy

      Perhaps Broadsheet’s Mr Ryan jnr can lead the charge on this one for next year?

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      I don’t think Bloomsday is ‘commandeered’. It’s as good as you bother to make it.

  2. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

    These are kind of how I imagined broadsheet when Mercille used to post.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      terrified men led to thier doom but gorgeous wanton wemon
      what’s wrong with that ?

          1. mildred st. meadowlark

            Sugarcans is superb. I’m adding it to my lexicon of creative insults.

  3. francis almond

    If I may haiku… on Blooms day and that
    It’s great that the Temple of Sound was mad back then too.
    It’s good that the old ones got mad out of it once as well.
    It sad there’s no buzzers anymore.
    In the voice of Ken Egan

  4. Clampers Outside

    The Mureau one. fifth down is lovely.
    And I really like the last one but…. yer man in the bottom left, who’d be in a full frontal position, looks like someone painted shorts on him… :/

  5. bisted

    …nothing sums up the government disdain for the arts more than their willingness to exploit the wonderful cultural legacy when abroad but ignore it when at home. In any other country the Ormond Hotel would have been taken into public ownership and be recognised as a National Treasure. The Sirens episode in Ulysses was all about music and the Ormond would make a natural centre for this much neglected branch of the Arts…

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