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Art:  Phryne at the Poseidonia in Eleusis, c. 1889

A depiction of Phryne, an ancient Greek courtesan who faced trial for an ambiguous charge (thought to be impiety, though the facts surrounding this event are unclear).  She was defended in this trial by Hypereides, a famous greek orator known himself to be a fervent pursuer of pleasure.

My attraction to this piece isn't very profound. To me, it depicts a celebration of femininity and freedom; of pleasure without restraint or heirs; all under the bright beaming sun, next to a blue ocean of infinite possibilities. My attraction to it was based purely on a quick reading of the aesthetic and subject matter...and the story of the central character and her advocates felt particularly relevant. 

I'm not an art aficionado but any means.  This just seems like a good place to share a piece I happen to like. 

Attribution:  By Henryk Siemiradzki - bg-gallery.ru, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9866160