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  • Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896)
    The Garden of the Hesperides
    Oil on canvas
    c1892
    169 x 169 cm
    (66.54" x 66.54")
    Lady Lever Art Gallery (Merseyside, United Kingdom)
    Added: 2002-08-22 00:00:00

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  • Additional Information on this Artwork:

    Contemporary Comment from Private Views in the Artists' Studios - 1892:

    This design is full of youth, and beauty; the colour is rich and warm - almost voluptuous ... [W]e have the tree of life with its golden apples; for a rocky coast we have the beautiful Garden of Hesperides, with the purple ocean beyond. The three daughters of Atlas sit beneath a the wonderful tree, around the trunk of which is wound the body of a huge serpent. The girl in the centre, who is half-draped, caresses the scaly hide of the monster; her sister on the right sings to the accompaniment of a lyre; while the maiden on the left toys carelessly with the food which she holds in a bowl. The grace and serenity of the composition are eminently characteristic of the President's later manner.

    Source: Victorian Art in Great Britain.