This Week’s Art: Poynter’s Faithful unto death

This is Edward Poynter’s Faithful unto death (1865, Oil on canvas, 61″ x 29 3/4″), a piece of art that is not only is a strong image, but shows an accurate and interesting historical uniqueness.

Many of Poynter’s works are historical, and this was one of his very first ones.  The scene has been said to be based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s book The Last Days of Pompeii, which was a very influential book in the Victorian age.  On top of that, the Pompeii site was a fairly recent find, and one that was very interesting to the times.… Read the rest

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