Donovan | Sapphographs

Sappho's Drum
December 12, 2015 – October 2016

Fifteen large-scale, pigment prints on archival paper
on exhibit in the main hall of the library

Organized in cooperation with Govinda Gallery
curated by Christopher Murray and M. Zoie Lafis

Admission: Free
Visiting hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

For groups larger than 4 persons, please call 202-745-4400 to make an appointment.

Directions and Visitor Information


Inspired by the lyric poetry of Sappho (7th century B.C.E.), Donovan’s Sapphographs capture, in visual form, the mythic beauty of this ancient artistic tradition. Sappho has been represented and reinterpreted through many artistic mediums since her own time, over 2,500 years ago. Donovan’s Sapphographs are a contemporary homage to Sappho and have been in the forefront of the neo-neoclassical movement in contemporary art.

About the Artist

A prolific songwriter, poet, and musician, Donovan is recognized as one of the most popular and innovative recording artists of our time. By incorporating elements of folk, jazz, classical, Caribbean, and Indian music, he became one of the central figures in the extraordinary musical and cultural revolution of the 1960s. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014.

Focus on Sappho

Learn more about the song making of Sappho through CHS publications.