(via thepoetryofnospaces)Source: darktheoceans
Vivien (1863). Frederick Sandys (British, 1829–1904). Oil on canvas. Manchester Art Gallery.
Vivien depicts Sandy’s lover, Keomi Gray, as Vivien of Tennyson’s poem Idylls of the King. In the poem Vivien is the femme fatale in the story of King Arthur who used her looks to seduce Merlin to learn his secrets. Sandys portrays Vivien as a beautiful, self-assured woman. The apple placed in front of her may refer to the story of Adam and Eve.