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Biblis

William-Adolphe Bouguereau1884/1884

Salar Jung Museum

Salar Jung Museum

This impressive painting of Biblis by French artist W.A. Bouguereau records a decisive moment in her life. As the story goes, Biblis, the daughter of Miletus of Crete fell in love with her twin brother Caunus. The painting depicts a moment where Biblis breaks down in grief after Caunus flees from his sister’s affections. Bouguerau employed traditional methods of painting, first doing detailed pencil studies and oil sketches before starting the actual work on canvas. He used mythological themes, painting modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body.

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  • Title: Biblis
  • Creator: William-Adolphe Bouguereau
  • Date: 1884/1884
  • Location: France
  • Physical Dimensions: Oil on canvas, h 143 x 201.8 cm
  • Type: Painting

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