Edmund Blair Leighton – Accolade

Edmund Blair Leighton – Accolade – 1901 – English Artwork – High Resolution

“There are many stories considering the origin of and inspiration for the painting, although none of them are confirmed. The painting depicts an accolade, a ceremony to confer knighthood. Such ceremonies took many forms, including the tapping of the flat side of a sword on the shoulders of a candidate or an embrace about the neck. In the first example, the “knight-elect” kneels in front of the monarch on a knighting-stool. The monarch lays the side of the sword’s blade onto the accolade’s right shoulder. The monarch then raises the sword gently just up over the apprentice’s head and places it on his left shoulder. The newly appointed knight arises, and the administrator presents him with the insignia of their knightly order. In the painting, the ceremony is performed by a young queen, the knight bowed before her feet in a position of submission and fealty. An audience is gathered on the Queen’s left, serving as witnesses to the ceremony.” – Wikipedia

Edmund Blair Leighton - Accolade - 1901 - English Artwork

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