The King and the Beggar Maid

By Edmund Blair Leighton SKU:160622

Edmund Blair Leighton's ""The King and the Beggar Maid,"" painted in the late 19th century, is a truly special artwork. This masterpiece depicts a touching scene where a king humbly offers a rose to a beggar maid, transcending social boundaries in an expression of genuine love. The painting's emotional depth, attention to detail, and the theme of compassion make it remarkable. Leighton's ability to convey profound emotions through his subjects adds to the painting's allure, making it a timeless representation of the universal power of love and humility, resonating with viewers across generations.

54 cm

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Title: “”The King and the Beggar Maid: A Timeless Tale of Love””

Year Painted: Late 19th Century

Edmund Blair Leighton’s “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” is a masterpiece that weaves a captivating tale of love and humility. Painted in the late 19th century, this artwork portrays a poignant moment where a king, enchanted by the beauty and innocence of a beggar maid, kneels before her, offering a single rose as a token of his affection.

Leighton, a celebrated British artist of the 19th century, was renowned for his exceptional talent in depicting historical and romantic themes. “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” is a prime example of his mastery, with its evocative composition and meticulous attention to detail, transporting viewers to a world of chivalry and courtly love.

The painting’s enduring appeal lies in its portrayal of love transcending social boundaries. In an era marked by rigid class distinctions, “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” challenges societal norms, symbolizing the potential for genuine connections and understanding between individuals of different stations. The contrast between the king’s regal attire and the beggar maid’s humble appearance further emphasizes the theme of love’s ability to see beyond external trappings and find true beauty in the heart.

Leighton’s skillful portrayal of emotions adds depth and authenticity to the artwork. The tender expression on the king’s face and the beggar maid’s bashful demeanor speak volumes, touching the viewer’s heart with the sincerity of their affectionate exchange.

Moreover, “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” reflects the romantic ideals of the 19th century, a period enamored with medieval tales and a desire for a return to simpler, more virtuous times. The painting’s setting and theme resonate with the era’s fascination with courtly love, where noble gestures and genuine emotions were exalted.

As a result, “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” continues to be a cherished painting, admired by art enthusiasts and scholars alike. Its timeless message of love, compassion, and the potential for connections beyond social barriers remains relevant across generations, touching the human spirit in a profound way.

In conclusion, Edmund Blair Leighton’s “”The King and the Beggar Maid”” is a timeless masterpiece, depicting a tale of love that defies societal norms. Painted in the late 19th century, the artwork’s emotional depth, attention to detail, and romantic theme make it an exceptional representation of the universal power of love and humility. As viewers immerse themselves in this enchanting moment, they are reminded of the enduring and transformative nature of genuine affection, a message that resonates through the ages.

Original size:
50 x 68 cm (width x height)
Art style:
Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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