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Antigone, (painting)

Artist:
Clement, Mary Redding Mrs.
Unknown (copy after)
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. [not numbered]
Special Premiums and Honorable Mention. Mrs. Mary Redding Clement. . . . The subject formed one of the tragedies of Sophocles, and represents Antigone, a Grecian maiden, sitting by the grave of her brother, and calmly awaiting the fearful doom of being buried alive; her sisterly love having impelled her to incur the penalty decreed by her maternal uncle, Creon, monarch of Thebes, upon any one who should inter the slain body of his rebel nephew. By her side is the spade with which she dug the grave, and on the mound above it is placed the helmet and sword of the interred. Thebes fills the background. . . . This antique repose is well represented in the subject of the present painting. The head is sublime, with a large intellectual development; while the Hellenic type of beauty is admirably preserved in the purity, the force, the brilliancy, and the evanescent gradations of the flesh tints. The drapery is also most artistically managed, giving that simple, but unapproachable grace and symmetry of contour belonging to the faultless creations of the Grecian pencil. In keeping, too, with the pathos of the subject, the sky is filled with dense massy clouds, through which struggles a mysterious ruddy light, giving to every object a supernatural look. . . . [Pp. 285-286.]
Transactions of the State Agricultural Society.
Topic:
Mythology--Classical--Antigone
History--Ancient--Greece
State of Being--Death
Figure(s) In Exterior
Landscape--Weather--Cloud
Dress--Historic
Control number:
AECI 02610104
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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