Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Wedding of St George and Princess Sabra

The legend of St George closely mirrors that of Perseus and Andromeda, with a dragon replacing Medusa and Princess Sabra filling in as the damsel-in-distress. I stumbled across the above picture last week and was immediately drawn to it. I was happy to discover that it is by my beloved Dante Gabriel Rossetti, although the backstory behind the painting makes me sad. Painted in 1857, Rossetti continued this series with another painting in 1862 with his wife, Lizzie Siddall, sitting for Princess Sabra only days before she overdosed on laudanum. 

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