More About John Collier’s Lady Godiva
A painting that portrays the historical figure Lady Godiva during her famous incident. Lady Godiva was Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who existed in the early 11th century.
She was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia who built and volunteered for many monasteries.
Lady Godiva was member of a cultural group that inhabited England a thousand years ago. She has been mentioned in many books who talk about history of Christianity.
However, British painter John Collier drafted her with an essence of romanticism. The bright red color used to paint the caparison and winker of the horse gives a highlight to the overall composition.
Lady Godiva’s body is painted using a blend of pigments. A tint of white makes her body shine like a star.
The backdrop color scheme is decent and mellow. Although, the event portrayed is just of opposite nature.
She is remembered for her naked horse ride through the Coventry opposing the massive and brutal taxes her husband imposed on his tenants. This scene suggest about her courageous nature to take a stand against unlawful and unethical activities.
She was indeed a rebellious figure who took responsibility to protest against her husband’s unethical regime.
The painter has romanticized her rebellious nature and presented it with a bright and uplifting color scheme.
Collier has been a pioneer of romanticism. He has drafted many beautiful paintings of similar theme and composure.
He got inspired to create this painting by reading about Lady Godiva in Doomsday Survey. She is mentioned as Godgif in a few instances. Godgif translates to “Gift of God”.
A maven of ancient art with an essence of modern romanticism and admiration it’s one of the best paintings from the British artist Collier.
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