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François Pascal Simon Gérard, Ossian on the Bank of the Lora, Invoking the Gods to the Strains of a Harp


Musée national du Château de Malmaison, Paris

Date: 1801
Technique: Oil on canvas, 180.5 x 198.5 cm

Oisín, also spelt in English Ossian or Osheen, was regarded in legend as the greatest poet of Ireland, and is a warrior of the fianna in the Ossianic or Fenian Cycle of Irish mythology. He is the son of Fionn mac Cumhaill and of Sadhbh (daughter of Bodb Dearg), and is the narrator of much of the cycle.

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