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The Beautiful Anthia Leading her Companions to the Temple of Diana in Ephesus, ca. 1820

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 229.8 x 300.4 cm
  • Inv. 1820-C

Public Domain

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In The Beautiful Anthia Joseph Paelinck depicts an episode in an ancient Greek tale. During a parade in the temple of Artemis in Ephesus the proud warrior Abrocomeus met the beautiful Anthia. Eros, the god of love, was vexed by Abrocomeus’s indifference and contrived to make him fall passionately in love with the young woman. They married, but Eros’s revenge continued to persecute them. They were kidnapped by pirates, sold as slaves, separated from one another but eventually their love and fidelity helped them overcome their trials and tribulations. The story lends itself perfectly to propagating the nineteenth-century bourgeois moral values. The painting depicts the parade with Anthia in the centre and Abrocomeus to the right in his red coat. The theme, the balanced composition and the careful rendition contribute to making this painting an excellent example of the Classic ideal of Paelinck and other followers of Jacques-Louis David.


Joseph Paelinck RKD VIAF Wikidata
Oostakker (Ghent) 1781 - Brussels 1839
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Title The Beautiful Anthia Leading her Companions to the Temple of Diana in Ephesus
Date ca. 1820
Period 19th century
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1820-C
Acquisition credit contest
Paelinck, Joseph
Current whereabouts Work on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300417629 mythologies (religious concept) AAT
300015636 landscapes AAT
Keywords Iconclass 12E61 temple, shrine ~ Greek religion Iconclass
25G41 flowers Iconclass
25G4111 garland, wreath Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31A72 female sex; woman Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
31D15 adult woman Iconclass
34B11 dog Iconclass
43C421 shooting with bow and arrow, archery (~ games of skill) Iconclass
45C11(SPEAR) casting weapons: spear Iconclass
45C15(ARROW) archer's weapons: arrow Iconclass
45C15(BOW) archer's weapons: bow Iconclass
48C161 column, pillar ~ architecture Iconclass
48C1631 Doric order ~ architecture Iconclass
56F1 Desire; 'Desiderio' (Ripa) Iconclass
56F13 (Feeling of) Attraction Iconclass
56F2 (personifications and symbolic representations of) Love; 'Amore (secondo Seneca)' (Ripa) Iconclass
61F(TEMPLE OF EPHESUS) names of historical buildings, sites, streets, etc. (TEMPLE OF EPHESUS) Iconclass
8 Literature Iconclass
82A(ABROCOMEUS) male literary characters (ABROCOMEUS) Iconclass
82AA(ANTHIA) female literary characters (ANTHIA) Iconclass
9 Classical Mythology and Ancient History Iconclass
92 gods ~ classical mythology Iconclass
92D1 (story of) Cupid, Amor (Eros) Iconclass
98B(XENOPHON) (story of) Xenophon Iconclass
School / Style Neoclassical AAT
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