The Old, Old Story

By John-William Godward SKU:1754

John William Godward's painting "The Old, Old Story" was crafted in 1903. This remarkable artwork showcases a scene from ancient Greece, featuring a beautiful woman engrossed in reading a love letter. The painting is special due to Godward's exceptional mastery of Neoclassical style, portraying exquisite details and realistic expressions. It embodies his affinity for depicting the elegance of the classical world. "The Old, Old Story" captivates viewers with its timeless narrative of love, nostalgia, and the enduring power of literature, making it a cherished and significant piece in art history.

74 cm

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Title: “”The Old, Old Story”” – A Masterpiece by John William Godward (Year Painted: 1903)

John William Godward, a renowned Neoclassical artist, created the mesmerizing painting “”The Old, Old Story”” in 1903. This exquisite artwork transports us to ancient Greece, where a captivating scene unfolds. In this masterpiece, a stunning young woman, gracefully draped in flowing robes, is portrayed deep in contemplation as she reads a heartfelt love letter.

Godward’s meticulous attention to detail and his skillful use of color and light lend an air of unparalleled realism to the painting. The woman’s facial expression exudes a sense of longing and emotional intensity, capturing the essence of the narrative. The artist’s Neoclassical style is evident through his choice of subject, as he often drew inspiration from classical antiquity, celebrating the timeless beauty and elegance of that era.

“”The Old, Old Story”” is a prime example of Godward’s inclination towards portraying beautiful women in idyllic settings, harkening back to the academic art tradition. His works were often compared to those of his mentor and fellow artist, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Godward’s dedication to classical themes, combined with his own artistic flair, distinguished him as a master of his craft during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

What sets this painting apart is not only its technical brilliance but also the emotive power it holds. The woman’s absorption in her love letter resonates with viewers on a deeply human level, evoking feelings of nostalgia, empathy, and connection. It reminds us that despite the passage of time, the emotions and experiences of love remain a constant thread weaving through the fabric of human existence.

“”The Old, Old Story”” symbolizes the enduring potency of literature in capturing and preserving the essence of the human experience. The painting encapsulates a timeless narrative, rendering it relevant across generations. Godward’s ability to convey emotion through paint and canvas grants the artwork a transcendent quality, making it universally appreciated and revered.

Today, this masterpiece can be found in esteemed art collections, and it continues to be celebrated by art enthusiasts and scholars alike. Its lasting significance lies not only in its artistic merit but also in its ability to connect with our shared humanity, cementing “”The Old, Old Story”” as a profoundly special painting in the annals of art history.

Original size:
71.1 x 130.8 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
40 cm
Maximum order width:
122 cm

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