Lady Godiva c1870 by Jozef Henri François Van Lerius
Lady Godiva c1870 by Jozef Henri François Van Lerius

Lady Godiva c1870

Lady Godiva c1870 by Belgian Painter Jozef Henri François Van Lerius (1823 – 1876); of the Romantic Historical style that painted portraits, mythological, Biblical and genre scenes.

This portrayal of Lady Godiva shows her as she is leaving the castle while climbing down two large marble steps, without any cloths on; her golden hair flowing down her right side and back down on to the stone steps, with just a large drape that is partially wrapped around her body.

The drape is a pale lime green on its upper layer and black on the bottom layer with red border with a dark stripe in the middle punctuated with a small series of white rectangles overlaid on the dark stripe; that is hanging from the entrance of a wall overhead.

She looks cautiously past stone columns and pillars to her right at the entrance way where a white horse is tied to balusters of steps that lead out into the village to see if anyone is there, watching her.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information below derived from Wikipedia.org

Jozef or Joseph was born in Boom, Antwerp, Belgium on November 23, 1823 and at the age of 15 was apprenticed as a draftsman at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium; and was a student to Belgian Painter Gustaaf Wappers (1803 – 1874) from 1839 – 1844.

In 1852 Joseph took a trip abroad to study, visiting Germany and Italy and when he returned to Belgium in 1854,was appointed as a painting instructor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp where he was instructor to Dutch Painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 – 1912), Belgian Painter Aloïs Boudry (1851 – 1938), Belgian Painter Gerard Portielje (1856 – 1929), Belgian Painter Henri Van Dyck (1849 – 1934), and Belgian Painter Piet Verhaert (1852 – 1908).

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