Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lady Godiva by John Collier

Image: Lady Godiva (1898) by British artist John Maler Collier (1850-1934).

The Anglo-Saxon noblewoman Lady Godiva (1040-1080) rode naked on horseback through the streets of Coventry in England in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants, according to legends. Her legend, ever since, has inspired several hundreds of paintings, sculptures, books, films and other cultural aspects.

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