As far as symbolism goes, and especially where mythological themes and figures are concerned, Franz von Stuck is one of the premier artists of the turn of the century and into the first couple decades of the 20th Century. Stuck, who was heavily influenced and inspired by fellow symbolist Böcklin, succeeded in bridging the more classical symbolist style of the late 19th Century with the more modern aesthetic approaches of the Art Nouveau era. His use of gold adornments in his paintings, his simple yet bold color palette, and his focus on elaborate details and embellishments endow his work with a distinctive style. Like many symbolist painters, his work is steeped in the erotic and the morbid, the two are often combined in his dark mythological and Biblical scenes, wherein a beauteous and often morally unscrupulous femme fatale put hers feminine charms to corruptive and destructive use. Stuck remains a favorite of mine for his willingness, and indeed his innate ability, to depict transgressions and horrors so seductively.