Sappho and Erinna Valentine
Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene
Simeon Solomon, 1864
The picture depicts Sappho embracing her fellow poet Erinna in a garden at Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. Sappho was born at Lesbos in approximately 612BC. After a period of exile in Sicily she returned to the island and was at the centre of a community of young women devoted to Aphrodite and the Muses.
Sappho wrote nine books of poetry, of which only fragments survive. The principal subject of her work is the joy and frustration of love and the most complete surviving poem is an invocation to the goddess Aphrodite to help her in her relationship with a woman.
Card Size 4.5 x 6"
130lb Silk White Paper
Made in the USA