Hermann Solomon Corrodi (1844-1905) came to Cyprus during his trip to Egypt in 1877. He used to make sketches of his paintings and then work on them when back in Rome. This particular painting is a romantic scene with much artistic license. Corrodi takes two different locations and brings them together on his canvas, wanting thus to portray both in the same painting and to create his own scene.
On the right hand is the monastery of St George the Distant, on a small hill by the salt lake of Larnaca and on the left is a villa, probably one of the consular houses in the same town, but at another part of Larnaca. The background is formed by the blue waters of the lake and the wonderful warm colours of the sun setting. What is worth noting in the painting is the dress of the girl standing on the verandah. She is wearing a Cypriot urban dress, the skirt a bit shorter than usual due to her young age, a blue gilet with much embroidery on it and a red scarf on her shoulders. She is wearing gold hoop earrings, and no shoes. The lack of shoes is not because of poverty but rather because of the heat of summer. Note the sweet William flowers, which we hardly ever plant in the gardens anymore. Note the vine trellis which is also being forgotten, at least in urban centres, and finally note the white doves, the symbols of Venus, of Aphrodite goddess of love, which still linger on in the mind of the artists. The gothic arch, the sandstones of the villa, the cypress trees, and the palm tree are further touches of a Cypriot landscape. The painting is on the ground floor of the CVAR.
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