Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Classical Drapery



Melittion, 1882 by Frederic Lord Leighton, Auckland Art Gallery.

Although this figure is dressed in the classical style, a clear reference to a Greek character could not be found. In a play from 1818 by Austrian Franz Grillparzer called Sappho there is a character called Melitta, who vies with Sappho for the love of the young man Phaon.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Simply Gorgeous —ZAC

slatts said...

I don't know if it's the reproduction or what but there appears an almost surreal quality to the drapes--carved in stone--versus the very painted look to her face...

very cool!

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