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We are continuing out little short tour of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida on the grounds of the Ringling Circus Museum.  This is a classical painting by William Ernest Reynolds-Stephens a British painter who lived from 1862-1943.  Its title is “Roman Courtship” circa 1900 and involves Greek mythology where Atropos was the oldest of three fates responsible for determining a person’s lifespan.  Her sister fates spun and measured the thread of life and she cut it. Her dark presence looms over the romantic couple with Cupid hovers over to protect them. Cupid has strung roses along the beginning of the string of life for the young couple.

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/60 sec, 55 mm Lens

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