Eye Candy for Today: Leighton’s Cymon and Iphigenia

Cymon and Iphigenia, Lord Frederic Leighton
Cymon and Iphigenia, Lord Frederic Leighton

On Google Art Project; high-resolution downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Art gallery of New South Wales.

Victorian artist Frederic Leighton brings his finessed painting skill to bear on a sensual and erotic portrayal of a tale from The Decameron — the famous 14th century Italian book of stories, in which an unrefined young man named Galesus — who had been renamed “Cymon”, meaning “beast”, because of his uncouth nature — is transformed by the etherial beauty of the sleeping maiden Iphigenia into a student of beauty and culture.

Yeah. Right.

Beautiful painting, though.

 
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