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After Phryne

After Phryne

This illustration is based on the story of Phryne, who was put on trial for impiety - a capital offence - in Ancient Greece. The story goes that when she was about to be found guilty, she bared her breasts to the jury, who when they beheld a body so close to godliness, felt that they could not possibly find her guilty after all.

In my practice, I am particularly interested in the great female characters who appear in mythology and here I have tried to sum up her story in one image, to the backdrop of Olympus, questioning whether times have changed so much at all in these millennia.