The Accolade (Edmund Blair Leighton)

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The Accolade, 1901.

The Accolade is an oil painting by Edmund Blair Leighton, finished in 1901. It is a depiction of a young queen or princess performing a solemn knighting ceremony (called an accolade) as the young man kneels before her with his squire and entourage looking on.

Although Leighton was not a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, this painting and several others of his are often grouped with them because they share common elements of attractive women in romantic scenes.

I first saw this painting on a poster in one of those mall shops that sell tarot cards, incense, and tye-dye dresses, when I was around 20-years-old and still very much into that sort of thing. The painting is expertly made, the woman's dress and the knight's chainmail are both exquisite. I still like the painting even after learning how much of what is depicted in art pieces like this does not accurately depict knights.

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