(b. 1576, Firenze, d. 1645, Firenze)

Artemisia Drinking Wine Mixed with the Ashes of her Husband, Mausolus

Oil on canvas, 140 x 84 cm
Private collection

The love between Artemisia II and her brother Mausolus was so profound, they became symbols of love and devotion. Mausolus was a rich Greek vassal of the Persian Empire in what is now Turkey. Under the reign of he and his sister, their territory flourished, and they built many monuments. Their final monument was so glorious, it became known as one of the seven wonders of the world: a giant tomb, to house their ashes. When her brother Mausolus died, Artemisia's grief was so great that she ritually drank a bit of his ashes every day.

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