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Phryne before the Areopagus

Phryne before the Areopagus (French: Phryne devant l'Areopage) is an 1861 painting by the French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme. The subject matter is Phryne, a legendary courtesan in ancient Greece who was put on trial for impiety. Phryne was acquitted after her defender Hypereides removed her robe and exposed her naked bosom to the jury.[1]

Phryne before the Areopagus
Jean-Léon Gérôme, Phryne revealed before the Areopagus (1861) - 01.jpg
ArtistJean-Léon Gérôme
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions80.5 cm × 128 cm (31.7 in × 50 in)
LocationKunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg

The painting was exhibited at the 1861 Salon.[2] It is kept at the Kunsthalle Hamburg in Germany.


Bernhard Gillam made a famous caricature drawing in 1884, titled Phryne before the Chicago tribunal, where Phryne is replaced by the Republican Party presidential candidate James G. Blaine and Hypereides by the newspaper editor Whitelaw Reid.[3]


  1. ^ C. D. Yonge (1854). "Athenaeus: The Deipnosophists". Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ Ackerman, Gerald M. (1986). The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme: with a Catalogue Raisonné. London; New York: Sotheby's Publications. p. 25. ISBN 9780856673115.
  3. ^ "Phryne before the Chicago tribunal". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2016-10-09.

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