Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Seasonal Attempt

This engraving by Prud'hon was to illustrate the narrative poem Phrosine et Mélidore, by Gentil-Bernard, later adapted into an opera. Without going into the rest of it, this scene is where the lovers are united after she nearly drowned at sea trying to swim to his rendezvous beacon. Yada yada.

Looks a lot like a vampire, no? Yes? My lowbrow attempt at another seasonal graphic. And oh, my adoration of Prud'hon's talent.

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon — Phrosine et Mélidore


Daniel [oeconomist.com] said...

Oh, I'd rather think of him as a nice guy than as a vampyr!

Pierre D said...

Nice, thanks Tom! I had never seen it in its entirety. In France that illustration has been used to make the cover of Lewis' Monk as translated by A. Artaud ("le moine artaud" on Google Images)for decades, an indeed he does look like a monk !
Thanks for sharing!

Matthew Adams said...

Maybe he is just giving her mouth to tracheotomy? She is half drowned.

Hmmm, an opera that stars a singer with a tracheotomy?

I am really enjoying your blog Mr Buchanan.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Yay, happy people!