Here is the thirteenth of sixteen of my favorite artworks depicting romantic love in its various forms. I'll be adding one artwork a day to the blog until Valentine's Day!
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Sappho and Alcaeus, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Sappho (seated at the podium) was an Ancient Greek poet who flourished in the 6th century BC. She wrote love poetry and was thought to have disdained men's attempts at writing about love.
Alcaeus was a poet himself and was believed by tradition to have been Sappho's lover.
In this scene, it's clear that Sappho is far from feeling disdain for Alcaeus' song!
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