The Parting of Hero and Leander - from the Greek of Musaeus

Oil on canvas | 146 x 236cm | before 1837

Joseph Mallord William Turner

This picture illustrates an ancient Greek myth that was retold by later writers, including the English romantic poet, Lord Byron. Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, lived in a tower on the Hellespont strait, which separates Europe from Asia. She was in ...
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