Sappho inspired by Cupid (c.1780). Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732-1806). Oil on canvas. Sappho, the laurel-crowned poetess, is sweet-faced and accessible but her marmoreal flesh is flawless, like a Greek sculpture, and she is bathed in a sepulcral, almost lunar light. Intimately acquainted with the art and culture of the classical past, Fragonard always infused his vision of Antiquity with a vitality that gives it immediacy and life.