|Charles Shannon, 'Renaissance' (The Art Review, 1890)|
The drawing shows a landscape with a bridge to a town. The scene takes place in the surrounding countryside, with a spring, a stone well surrounded by columns, an old statue without arms at its centre.
On the edge of the well a naked young woman seems to have just climbed out of the well, or is taking a bath. She is holding a hand mirror in her left hand. The stone woman figure is a fountain; water flows from one of her breasts.
A branch of a flowering tree has grown through the temple-like edifice. In the foreground on the right, branches of a coniferous tree are visible.
On the right three figures are depicted; one turns away from the scene and seems to want to return to the more wintery town in the background.
Two younger, male figures, naked or half-naked, are gripped by the scene of the naked young woman who seems to be announcing spring.
|Charles Shannon, 'Renaissance' [detail] (The Art Review, 1890)|