Aurora and Cephalus  1769

by François Boucher

In this tall decorative panel, Aurora, the goddess of dawn, gazes longingly upon the sleeping mortal Cephalus, with whom she has fallen madly in love. Here, François Boucher used light, pastel colors and the broad, rapid brushstrokes found in his tapestry designs. The sky is blue tinged with pink, and there is a suggestion of dawn awakening as light appears on the horizon....
265 x 86 cm (104 5/16 x 33 7/8 in.)
Oil on Canvas
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