- Forge, also called a smithy, the workplace of a smith or a blacksmith
- Smith (metalwork), sometimes referred to as a smithy, a person involved in the shaping of metal objects
In Greek mythology, Omphale (Ancient Greek: Ὀμφάλη) was a daughter of Iardanus, either a king ofLydia, or a river-god. Omphale was queen of the kingdom of Lydia in Asia Minor; according toBibliotheke she was the wife of Tmolus, the oak-clad mountain king of Lydia; after he was gored to death by a bull, she continued to reign on her own.
Diodorus Siculus provides the first appearance of the Omphale theme in literature, though Aeschyluswas aware of the episode. The Greeks did not recognize her as a goddess: the undisputed etymological connection with omphalos, the world-navel, has never been made clear. In her best-known myth, she is the mistress of the hero Heracles during a year of required servitude, a scenario that offered writers and artists opportunities to explore sexual roles and erotic themes.------
The first major exhibition devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger, a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors, is now on view. This exhibition examines Spranger's remarkable career through a selection of his rare paintings, drawings, and etchings. http://met.org/1wsjRbU
Bartholomeus Spranger (Flemish, 1546–1611) | Jupiter and Antiope | ca. 1595–97 | Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria