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"Frina at the festival of Poseidon", Semiradsky - description of the painting

Frina with maidservants (Frina at the holiday of Poseidon in Elevzin) - Henry Ippolitovich Semiradsky. 390 x 763.5 cm

Henry Ippolitovich Semiradsky in his work has always adhered to the classical academic style of painting. His favorite topics were antique, biblical and historical subjects.

One of the masterpieces is the painting “Frina with handmaidens (“ Frina at the festival of Poseidon in Elevzin ”), written in 1889, in the prime of life of Semiradsky.

The inspiration for the artist was the legend of the ancient Greek author about geter Fryn, who lived in the fourth century BC and was famous for its beauty and white skin.

The painting depicts a festive procession in the Greek city of Eleusis, in honor of the sea god Poseidon. Frina, confident in her own irresistibility, decides to compare herself with the goddess of love Aphrodite, showing her perfect, extraordinary beauty body.

For this, during the procession, she dumps her clothes and goes down to the sea. The painter, as it were, divides the canvas into three parts. In the center of the getter, with her handmaids, who help take off her clothes and sandals, protect her skin with an umbrella from the burning sun. Phryne herself opens her golden curls, which in a second will fall in cascade on her shoulders.

The procession on the right, going from the temple of Poseidon, stopped. And who is delighted, and who is disapprovingly looking at naked Frina. The group on the left, possibly consisting of musicians, poets and simply idle young people, is in unanimous admiration for the classically beautiful body of a Greek girl.

And this whole picture against the backdrop of a beautifully painted sea, with its tints from turquoise to turning into a deep blue shades. A powerful plane tree ashore with its foliage further emphasizes the transparency of the sky.

The whole canvas breathes with delight before the manifestation of feminine beauty, the beauty of the sea, the beauty of nature.

The painting was exhibited in St. Petersburg and was a huge success with the audience. And moreover, it was immediately acquired by Emperor Alexander III for 30,000 rubles.

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