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).