Lionel Noel Royer (1852-1926)
[Lionel-Noel Royer, Lionel Royer, L. Royer]
||Cabanel and Bouguereau
When Aphrodite was born of the sea foam,
as the mythologies inform us, she landed at Cythera, which received the newly created
goddess with proper hospitality. She requited this welcome by taking
the island into her favor, and it was made sacred to her, and altars and
temples in her honor erected. From this early associaton, the name Cytheraea was
frequently applied to the patron deity of the place. The artist, Lionel Royer,
was born in the department of Sarthe, at Chateau-du-Loire, and studied art under
Alexander Cabanel. He made his debut as a religious painter, in 1879, with a
picture of "Christ on the Cross," and has since painted chiefly secular historical subjects and
mythological motives. he received his first medal in 1884.
appears again in a masterly composition, "Love and Folly."
Here Folly, mad with wantonness, is leading Love, who is blindfold, to
destruction over a precipice. The idea is original and its realization thoroughly artistic and sound.
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