Sappho of Lesbos Picture Gallery

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Sappho Ephesian

Bust from ancient Greece
Bust from Ancient Greece Sappho - Bust from Ancient Greece. Public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis.

Images of the Poet Sappho in Art and History

The poet, Sappho of Lesbos, is known today through a few fragments of her poetry that survive in quotes by others, and through her image in art. Explore some of those images by clicking on the images below and on the following page:

An early bust of Sappho.

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Sappho

Athens, about 450 BCE
Athens, about 450 BCE Image of Sappho, from about 450 BCE. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

An early representation of Sappho the poet.

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Sappho and Alcaeus

Athenian depiction of Sappho and Alcaeus, about 450 B.C.E.
Athenian depiction of Sappho and Alcaeus, about 450 B.C.E. Image of Sappho, from about 450 BCE. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

A very early depiction of the two poets, Sappho and Alcaeus.

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Head of a Woman

Sappho Statue, Head of a Woman, Silanion, Glyptothek, Munich
Probably Copy of a Statue of Sappho by Silanion - 4th Century BCE Head of a woman, probably a copy from a statue of Sappho by Silanion (ca. 340–330 BCE), from the Glyptothek, Munich. Adapted from a public domain image, Wikipedia.com, 2008
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Sappho Reading

Vase, about 440-430 B.C.E., from the Polygnotos workshop, Athens
Vase, about 440-430 B.C.E., from the Polygnotos workshop, Athens Vase, about 440-430 B.C.E., from the Polygnotos workshop, Athens. Public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis.

Depicted on this ancient Athenian vase is Sappho reading to three students or friends

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Sappho

Image from Pompeii, about 60 C.E., assumed to depict Sappho
Image from Pompeii, about 60 C.E., assumed to depict Sappho Image of Sappho from Pompeii, about 60 C.E. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis
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Sappho

Bust of Sappho
Bust of Sappho Bust of Sappho. © 2006 Clipart.com. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Depiction of the poet Sappho in sculpture.

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Statue of Sappho

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Statue of Sappho. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis
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Sappho

Woodcut, Boccaccio, De Cleris Mulieribus, 1473
Boccaccio, De Cleris Mulieribus, 1473 Image of Sappho, woodcut, 1473, from Boccaccio's De Cleris Mulieribus. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Boccaccio, who compiled images and stories about notable women through history to his day, depicted Sappho in this woodcut.

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Sappho Statue

Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (1758-1841), about 1800
Johann Heinrich von Dannecker (1758-1841), about 1800 Statue of Sappho by von Dannecker, about 1800. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

One of the best-known images of Sappho, in a classical revival style by German sculptor von Dannecker.

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Sappho and Phaon

Jacques-Louis David, 1809
Jacques-Louis David, 1809 Image of Sappho, David, 1809. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Now in The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, this neoclassic oil includes a scroll with Sappho's verse praising Phaon.

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Death of Sappho

Honoré Daumier, 1842
Honoré Daumier, 1842 Image of Sappho, Daumier, 1842. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Honoré Daumier, French cartoonist better known for editorial cartoons, here depicts the death of Sappho.

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Sappho

Soma Orlai-Petrich, 1855
Soma Orlai-Petrich, 1855 Image of Sappho, by Petrich, 1855. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Image of Sappho from 19th century Hungarian painter Petrich.

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Sappho and Erinne in the Garden of Mythilène

Image of Sappho and Erinne, Solomon, about 1880
Siméon Solomon, 1864 Image of Sappho and Erinne, Solomon, about 1880. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

A depiction of Sappho with her friend, Erinne or Erinna, to whom some of her verse is addressed.

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Sappho

19th century reprint based on a painting by Heva Coomans
19th century reprint based on a painting by Heva Coomans Image of Sappho, 19th century reprint after a painting by Heva Coomans. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis
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Sappho Leaping from the Leucadian Cliff

Gustave Moreau, 1864
Gustave Moreau, 1864 Image of Sappho, by Moreau, 1864. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

An early representation of Sappho by Moreau, who went on to depict her life and death in other paintings as well.

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Death of Sappho

Gustave Moreau, 1871
Gustave Moreau, 1871 Image of Sappho, by Moreau, 1871. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

One of a number of representations of Sappho and her death by the artist Gustave Moreau.

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Sappho

Gustave Moreau, 1871
Gustave Moreau, 1871 Image of Sappho, by Moreau, 1871. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

One of several paintings by Moreau depicting the life and death of Greek poet Sappho.

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The Death of Sappho

Image of Sappho, Moreau, 1876
Gustave Moreau, 1876 Image of Sappho, Moreau, 1876. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

One of a number of treatments of Sappho's life and death by the artist Gustave Moreau.

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Sappho

Charles August Mengin, 1877
Charles August Mengin, 1877 Image of Sappho, Mengin, 1877. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

A depiction of Sappho by 19th century artist Mengin.

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Sappho and Alcaeus

Image of Sappho and Alcaeus, Alma-Tadema, 1881
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1881 Image of Sappho and Alcaeus, Alma-Tadema, 1881. From a public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Image showing Alcaeus playing a kithara while Sappho and others listen.

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Sappho of Lesbos

Artist's conception, 1883.
Artist's conception, 1883. Image of Sappho of Lesbos, an artist's conception published in World Noted Women, 1883. Sappho lived and wrote poetry in about 600 BCE. Modifications © Jone Johnson Lewis, 2006.

Image of Sappho of Lesbos, an artist's conception published in World Noted Women, 1883. Sappho lived and wrote poetry in about 600 BCE.

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Sappho

Gustav Klimt, 1880-1890
Gustav Klimt, 1880-1890 Painting representing Sappho, by Gustav Klimt, 1888-1890. Public domain image. Modifications © 2006 Jone Johnson Lewis.

A conception of Sappho, by Art Nouveau artist Gustav Klimt.

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