Death of Sappho by Miguel Carbonell Selva
Death of Sappho by Miguel Carbonell Selva

Death of Sappho c1881 by Spanish Painter Miguel Carbonell Selva (1854 – 1896); a Catalan Painter, Muralist and Poet known for his realistic landscapes and portraits.

This is a portrait of the Archaic Greek Poet Sappho (620 – 570 BCE) from the island of Lesbos, as she stands over the cliffs edge, seemingly read to cast her self off into the high waves that are pounding the beach.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

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When Miguel Carbonell Selva was only ten, he developed a tumor on his leg, which kept him bed-ridden for a year and caused permanent damage that required the use of a cane.[citation needed] At the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed to a painter in Barcelona. Two years later, he was enrolled at the Escola de la Llotja, where he studied with Antoni Caba.

His first exhibition was in 1872, at the Society of Fine Arts. He completed his studies there in 1875, having received several awards for composition, color and perspective.

He continued his studies in Rome, thanks to a stipend provided by Ferran Puig i Gibert [ca], a prominent financier. In 1880, he moved to Madrid, although he still spent time in Barcelona and his hometown, where he was married in 1882. While in Madrid, he also did interior decoration.

In 1889, he joined with several other Catalan artists and went to Paris, where they participated in the Exposition Universelle. During this time, he also began publishing poetry in Lo Gay Saber ca and the Calendari Català [ca].

In 1902, the Municipal Council in his hometown voted to name a street in his honor.

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