Hero and Leander (Léandre et Héro)

    Hero and Leander (Léandre et Héro): Taken from Ovid’s Heroids and from the Greek myth which relates how Leander, a young man from Abydos, fell in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite. Every night Leander would swim across the strait of the Hellespont to be with Hero while she would light a lamp at the top of her tower to guide him. One stormy winter night, the waves having tossed him about and the breezes having blown out Hero's light, Leander was drowned. Hero, in grief, threw herself into that same Aegean Sea. The painting represents the last moments both lovers spent together while the lekythos depicts the coming sorrowful moment when Hero finds Leander’s body washed up by the waves. The renowned English poet Lord Byron (1788-1824), swam across the Hellespont proving the legend might well have been a real story. (Oil on canvas. Size: 23” X 27”, 60 X 70cm).

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Contemporary classical artist Paul Damian Armesto is the author of some of the largest oil paintings in the world most of these in churches in the United States and Costa Rica: 1. St.Thomas Church (2015) Somerset, NJ 2.Church of San Agustin (2014-2015), Cinco Esquinas de Tibas, CR 3.St. Brigid and St.Emeric Church (2014) Manhattan, NY 4.St.John the Baptist Church (2013) Manhattan, NY 5.Church of San Caralampio (2011), Bagaces, CR 6.Church of San Diego (2008-2010), San Diego, CR 7.Church of La Virgen del Pilar (2002-2004), Tres Rios, CR Born on December 14th 1973 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, he expressed his interest in art from an early age. During several trips to Quiberon, Brittany, he developed a love for seascapes and the 18th century period. After academic art studies he sought to perfect his oil painting technique through the traditional teachings of a master: celebrated classical painter Alberto Ycaza (1945-2002). Paul Damian has had several solo exhibits in the US and in Costa Rica and has also painted murals and large canvases for hotels and private individuals. He is currently established in Manhattan, NY. Videos of his work are available on Youtube.com More info at paularmesto.com Contact the artist at: paularmesto@yahoo.com.