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  • Sappho and Phaon

    Artist:
    David, Jacques Louis. 1748-1825
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    225,3x262 cm

David, Jacques Louis. 1748-1825

Sappho and Phaon

France, 1809

David is considered the founder and leading light of Neoclassicism, which dominated art in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Sappho and Phaon is a characteristic example of his late work. In the painting we see the Ancient Greek poetess Sappho and her beloved, Phaon. Cupid, who holds out to Sappho a lyre (emblem of music and poetry), symbolizes the idea of love as a source of creative inspiration. On Sappho's knees is a scroll with a Greek inscription, the first lines of her First Ode: dedicated to Phaon. The historically convincing depiction of Classical attire, shoes and details in the interior is combined with a sentimental, lyrical interpretation of loving harmony, revealed in the languid voluptuousness of the poses, and even such traditional metaphors for love as the pair of kissing doves and the two trees in the landscape.

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Sappho and Phaon

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oil

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225,3x262 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1925; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

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ГЭ-5668

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