A Coign of Vantage - Chart or Kit
One of a collection of fine art paintings beautifully depicted in Cross Stitch from the Cross Stitch Collectibles Collection. This is a piece by Alma Tadema.
A Coign of Vantage, painted in 1895, shows three Roman women watching from the high vantage point of a home on the cliff as galleys returned home. The “Coign” ,or corner, they stand in has a wonderful and perfect view of the ships as their loved ones and others return from either battle or trading. The warm bright sunlight gives the painting a soft feel with each woman depicted. One kneels on a sitting ledge as she looks over; she seems young with the black curls tied on her head with flowers encircling it. It seems as if she can see each man and is specially looking for her young lover to wave and greet him home.
The other two ladies look a little older but still young, draped in flowing cloth as they try to peer out. One stands on the ledge to see over the edge along with the other girl as the redhead stretches in the sun looking out into the sea. The gradient of the sea can be easily seen as the colour changes from the lightest of blue that almost blends with the sky to a peaceful mix of blue-green of the sea. Much detail was put in the garments of the ladies, the marble ledge and even the great bronze beast that faces out to the sea with his yellow flower necklace.
Alma-Tadema’s portrayals of Roman and Greek life in a Neo-Classical way made for his success in Victorian England.
14 or 28 count: 19.75” x 28.5”
18 or 36 count: 15.25” x 22.25”
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