Nicolas-Guy Brenet – “Sleeping Endymion” – France – 1756

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ARTWORK:

Sleeping Endymion (circa 1756) – This lovely piece can be viewed at Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA by the famous Nicolas-Guy Brenet (1728-1792), French painter.

For those not familiar with mythology, Endymion was a handsome shepherd-prince loved by the moon-goddess Selene. When Zeus offered him his choice of destinies, Endymion chose the offer immortality and youth in eternal slumber. He was laid out in a cave on Mount Latmus in Karia (Caria) where his lunar lover would visit him each night.

The tale of Endymion and Selene is a story from Greek mythology that became a favorite of artists from the Renaissance period and later centuries too.  The imagery of the Moon goddesses visiting the eternal sleeping mortal was often repeated.


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Nicolas-Guy Brenet was a French artist who specialized in romantic subjects and Greco-Roman themes.


WHERE TO SEE THE WORK:

This wonderful work can be seen at Worcester Art Museum

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