Edward John Poynter: The Vision of Endymion

The Vision of Endymion: Edward John Poynter

The Vision of Endymion by English artist Edward John Poynter was painted in 1902 and its subject is taken from Greek mythology. Here, the young shepherd is in eternal sleep during which Selene, the moon goddess, visits him every night. Selene, here wrapped in a veil, approaches Endymion in his dream in a landscape that is both dark and detailed to signify the vividness of the vision. Born in Paris in 1836 and moved to England as a child, Poynter became president of the Royal Academy in 1896 and created his work during this tenure.

Edward John Poynter’s The Vision of Endymion is in the Manchester Art Gallery.

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