Sunday, 5 July 2015

Mini History Blogs: Edmund Blair Leighton

Many of the paintings by English artist Edmund Blair Leighton are of the medieval period, he was inspired by medieval chivalric values such as, courtesy, honor and gallantry toward women all of which can be seen in his work.  Leighton depict an interaction between a couple, focusing in particular on a romantic gesture as we can see in his work God Speed or Abelard and Heloise, he captures a certain quality that reaches our emotions which is why I like his work.

No doubt, during the era Leighton covers, there were tender moments such as this between lovers, husband and wives or a mother and her child, but they were equally matched with the emotions of despair and loss as we know with the story of Abelard and Heloise pictured here. 

Their passionate love affair ended in a tragedy that eventually separated them. Leighton captures tiny moments of their story and places in on his canvas for us all to see. 

We must remember though, that in reality, the world in which these people lived was brutal a one.

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