Lady Godiva – The realistic Collier’s Godiva is being exhibited in Coventry

An 1897 painting by English artist John Collier, who worked in the style of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The model in the painting is Mabel Paul, an artist model and West End theatre actress.

Lady Godiva rode completely naked, through the streets, covered just with her lengthy hair, and ending the tyrannical oppression of her husband. The story maybe was based on the life of a woman who lived in Coventry and was married to one of the most powerful men in England. Painting dimensions 142 cm × 183 cm – Oil on Canvas

Lady Godiva was a late Anglo-Saxon noble woman, who is relatively well documented as the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia, and patron of various churches and monasteries. The legend dates back to the 11th century and refers to a woman who rode naked on a horse in the streets of Coventry to win the oppressive tax exemption imposed by her husband.

The portrayal of Lady Godiva and her well-known ride through Coventry, England, is held in Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum / Image source

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