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Dance among the swords - Henry Ippolitovich Semiradsky. 120x225
G. Having successfully graduated from the Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1870, he received the right to travel abroad to study monuments of ancient art.
The painting “Dance among the swords” was painted in Rome in 1881. The artist chose a simple and never-aging motif, which was widespread both in the Ancient World and, no less, in the contemporary 19th century. A naked woman, an object of admiration and lust, dances against the backdrop of a beautiful landscape with antique structures surrounded by musicians playing heterosexuals. The world of Hellenism is presented as an eternal holiday, as the “golden age” that was once lost by people, the careless and carefree time of bliss and pleasures. This plot allowed the artist to recreate the graceful plasticity of a beautiful female body, attracting sensuality without a touch of vulgarity, a magnificent Mediterranean landscape, forming a worthy setting for the beautiful heroine.