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Hypatia, (painting)

Artist:
Rothermel, P. F.
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 181 (Sale info: For Sale).
"Hypatia, the daughter of Theon the mathematician of Alexandria was initiated into her father's studies; . . . and publicly taught, both at Athens and Alexandria, the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. In the bloom of beauty and maturity the modest maid refused her lovers and instructed her disciples: the persons most illustrious for their rank or merit were impatient to visit the female philosopher. . . . A rumor was spread among the Christians that the daughter of Theon was the only obstacle to the reconciliation of the prefect and the archbishop; and the obstacle was speedily removed. On a fatal day in Lent (A.D., 414.], Hypatia was torn from her chariot, stripped naked, dragged to the church, and inumanly butchered."--Gibbon's "Decline and Fall," V. 213. "She shook herself free from her tormentors, and springing back, rose for one moment to her full height, naked, snow-white against the dusky mass around her. With one hand she clasped her golden locks about her: the other long, white arm was stretched upward toward the great still Christ, appealing--and who dare say, in vain--from man to god."--Kingsley's "Hypatia," 455. . . . Few paintings of Mr. Rothermel's have, as yet, been seen west of the Alleghanies. [Pp. 21-22; ellipses appear in the catalogue.]
Exhibition of Paintings, Engravings, Drawings, Aquarelles, and Works of Household Art, in the Cincinnati Industrial Exposition. MDCCCLXXIII.
Artist address: Philadelphia.
Topic:
Literature--Kingsley--Hypatia
History--Ancient--Greece
History--Religion--Christianity
State of Being--Evil--Violence
State of Being--Death--Execution
Figure group
Control number:
AECI 03530181
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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