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|Author: Hippolyte Delaroche|
|Painting, Oil on canvas, 73.5x60 cm|
|Origin: France, 1853|
The idea for this painting came to Delaroche during a time of severe illness. It deals with the terrible persecution suffered by Christians during the first century AD. The effective contrast of the crimson sunset and the cold, cold, greenish-blue tones of the water, with its reflections of that mystical light which illuminates the face of the martyr thrown into the Tiber with her hands tied, gives the painting a very Romantic feel. A contemporary of Delaroche, the writer Theophile Gautier, poetically described this image as that of "the Christian Ophelia" and was particularly admiring of the face "of virginal purity and divine beauty".
|Source of entry: Kamennoostrovsky Palace, Leningrad, 1924|
|Theme: The Bible and Christianity|
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