SIA: Una and the Lion

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate! Because my birthday is coming up, and I am a Leo, I searched for art pieces featuring lions. I found quite a few, but when I spied this painting — which had been unknown to me — my eyes lit up. Not only does this painting feature a lion, it also includes a lamb — and my Chinese Zodiac sign is the sheep. (FYI, this sign is also known as “the goat,” but I’ve always preferred “the sheep” version because of its symbolism when paired with my Western Zodiac sign.) Also, my name, Jennifer, derives from the Welsh name Guinevere, which means “fair lady,” so that is one final link of personal connection with this painting!

Una and the Lion, painted by British painter Briton Rivière (1840-1920), depicts figures from a story in Edmund Spenser’s epic poem, The Faerie Queene, written and published in the 1590s. Una represents “Truth,” and the lion represents “Honor.” You can read a translation of the story here. Also, click on the picture below for a larger image.

Una and the Lion, Briton Rivière (1840-1920)

Una and the Lion, Briton Rivière (1840-1920)

I had chosen this painting before Salazar requested an SIA artwork with neutral colors, but I’m glad that my choice accommodates Salazar’s wardrobe while traveling! There are tones of ivory, yellow, tan, brown, black, and russet in the painting. I also noted that Una’s dress sleeves and her hair have lacing details, in case that helps inspire you, and this seems like a perfect opportunity to break out those maxidresses! 🙂

So how do you participate in SIA? It’s open for bloggers and non-bloggers alike. Just take a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork — flat lays and selfies are also just fine — and send them to me at by next Monday, August 8. I will post the round-up on my blog on Wednesday, August 10.


3 thoughts on “SIA: Una and the Lion

  1. Kezzie

    I will have to remember to do this tomorrow as I am away from Wednesday- currently NO idea what to wear though! Not really my usual palette!

  2. Pingback: SIA interpretation: Una and the Lion | Librarian for Life and Style

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