The story of forbidden love. Thisbe (1875) was painted by

The story of forbidden love. Thisbe (1875) was painted by

7/28/2021, 6:01:00 PM
The story of forbidden love. Thisbe (1875) was painted by the British artist Edwin Long (1829-1891). Thisbe is a character from Ovid's book Metamorphoses. She is mainly known from the story of Pyramus and Thisbe, two lovers in the city of Babylon. They were not allowed to wed as their parents were rivals. They lived in two connected houses and expressed their love for each other through the crack in one of the walls. Thisbe is shown here in full length, seated against the wall, listening to the whispers of her lover Pyramus. Here is the part of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, from a translation from 1908, that accompanied the painting in a sales catalogue in 1908: In Babylon where first her queen, for state, Rais'd walls of brick magnificently great. Liv'd Pyramus and Thisbe. A closer Neighbourhood was never known, Tho' two the houses, yet the roof was one. When the division wall was built, A chink was left, the cement unobserv'd to shrink; So slight the cranny that it still had been For centuries unclosed, became unseen. But oh, what thing so small, so secret lies, Which 'scapes, if formed for love, a lover's eye. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #EdwinLong #Long #Thisbe #Pyramus #Babylon #Babylonia #Love #Lovers #ForbiddenLove

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