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La Belle Dame De Merci - Medieval Romantic PostersLa Belle Dame De Merci
Painted by Sir Frank Dicksee in 1902, this image represents a beautiful woman on horseback leaning down to tantalizingly kiss a stunned knight in full plate armor. The painting is portraying a scene described in a poem by Keats which was written in 1819. In that poem the knight encounters a fairy who seduces him, and then leaves him desolate. Several painters have worked on this specific scene.
This is one of my favorite paintings. I love the empassioned, almost paralyzed look in his eyes. I love how it's the woman on the horse, taking charge of things. Her dress is beautiful, with its flowing rose color matching the long curls of her hair. The landscape is in full flower, drawing them in to the romance.
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