About the Artwork

The subject of this painting is based on a passage from Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene, an epic poem published in 1590. Many American artists, including John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West, looked to Spenser’s work for inspiration. Allston’s representation of Florimell, a symbol of virtue and chastity who flees an unseen evil, follows Spenser’s description of the heroine very closely: “Still as she fled her eyes she backward threw / As fearing evil that pursued her fast / And her fair yellow locks behind her flew.”

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DIA Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery. A variety of molding styles means our custom framed prints can match any type of decor.

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