Asterié by Edward Poynter depicts the story from Roman poet

3/31/2021, 9:33:50 PM
Asterié by Edward Poynter depicts the story from Roman poet Horace’s Odes. The painting ponders on the moral questions of infidelity, as Asterié is shown gazing down into the street below – serenaded by an admirer while her lover is away. The carnations symbolise fidelity, appealing to the early 20th Century social values of chastity and self-denying virtue. Such neoclassical portraits based on a revival of the ancient Greek and Roman arts were popular with British as well as New Zealand audiences. Asterié is a stunning example of Poynter’s mastery in the genre. Asterié, 1904 by Edward Poynter. #arteesamor #historyofart #arte #artgallery #contemporaryart #20thcenturyart #20thcentury #masterpiece #oilpainting #beauty

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