Edward Calvert

The Bride

1828

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Edward Calvert 1799–1883
Medium
Line engraving on paper
Dimensions
Image: 76 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs John Richmond 1922
Reference
N03693

Display caption

In this pastoral scene the sun is setting and the evening star, Venus, is shining. In the distance a shepherd drives his flock home; another, guided by the star is heading for his flock. Beneath a tree loaded with a ripe vine stands a naked woman whose form and pose are inspired by a classical statue. She leads a sheep that has strayed. The words around the edge of the image tell us that the subject is the Soul as the Bride of Christ. Calvert mixes pagan and Christian imagery to show how intense love and desire leads the search for fulfillment.

Gallery label, August 2004