Demetrius is a character from Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is a classical Greek gentleman and a romantic. He is betrothed to Hermia in Act 1 but Hermia loves him not. She is in love with Lysander who returns her love. Meanwhile Helena loves Demetrius. Lysander and Hermia plan to elope pursued by Demetrius who is pursued by Helena. Turmoil breaks out in the magical forest of fairies when Puck anoints the male lovers’ sleeping eyes with the juice of a special lavender flower, making them love the first person they see upon waking. Both Greek men wake, seeing Helena and fall head over heels for her. Helena believes they are only making fun of her and Hermia is angered because she feels that Lysander has spurned her. Finally, all is well at the end and Demetrius and Helena are together. These lovers collectively represent the folly of romantic love and how easy it is to “fall in love”.
The palette used by Greek and Roman painters include a range of jewel tones: reds, purple, blue, yellow, green, brown, white and black. Gold, bronze, electrum and silver were used along with lapis lazuli, malachite, ruby, emerald, onyx, obsidian and amethyst.