Frozen Minotaur. Buenos Aires, winter 2014. Painting, Oil on canvas, Size: 39.4 W x 47.2 H in (100 W x 120 H cm). © 2014 Florencia San Martin Brück/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was the offspring of the King Minos of Crete’s wife, and of a sacred white bull. It appeared as being part man, part bull, and was locked away in the middle of Labyrinth designed by Minos’ architect Daedalus. Every nine years, seven young men and seven young maidens were taken from Athens to the labyrinth to be sacrificed to the Minotaur so that Crete would not attack the city (possibly a cultural memory referring to the Minoan Empire of Crete).
The beast was then later killed by the Greek hero Theseus, aided by Minos’ daughter Ariadne.