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“Jupiter et Sémélé” by Gustave Moreau

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“Jupiter et Sémélé” by Gustave Moreau. 1894-95, oil on canvas, 213 cm × 118 cm. Public Domain. Source: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH. Current Location: Musée National Gustave Moreau.

Of this work, Moreau himself wrote

Semele, penetrated by the divine effluence, regenerated and purified by this consecration, dies struck by lightning and with her dies the genius of terrestrial love, the genius with the goat hooves.

In the midst of colossal aerial buildings, with neither foundations nor roof-tops, covered with teeming, quivering vegetation, this sacred flora standing out against the dark blues of the starry vaults and the deserts of the sky, the God so often invoked appears in his still veiled splendor.

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