J. M. W. Turner - Hero and Leander's farewell 1837

Hero and Leander's farewell 1837
Hero and Leander's farewell
1837 146x236cm oil/canvas
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

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From The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square:
This painting was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1837. The ancient Greek grammarian and poet Musaeus is most famous for his poem on the lovers Hero and Leander. Leander swam the Hellespont to join Hero. When he drowned, she flung herself into the sea.