The Giselle collection


By Ailene Cuthbertson. Danced by Paige Cockerton.

© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Mercy. Photograph.
© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Mercy. Photograph.

A young ballerina pleads with the unrelenting, ghostly queen, white lilies dropping from her fingers to the ground.

One by one the wilis glide back into their haunted glade and surround Albrecht. Myrtha mercilessly condemns him to dance until he dies.

Giselle begs Myrtha to let Albrecht go, but the queen refuses.

“Dance,” she orders, and Giselle has to obey. Albrecht watches Giselle’s unearthly dancing and he can’t resist. He leaves the safety of the cross to dance with her.

Giselle and Albrecht’s beautiful dance continues for what seems like forever. But Albrecht’s strength is fading and he begins to falter and trip.

Desperately, Giselle begs Myrtha for mercy, casting Albrecht’s lilies at her feet.

“I forgive him!” she cries.

  • Title Mercy
  • Artist Ailene Cuthbertson
  • Medium Photograph
  • Year 2017

Part of the Giselle collection

From bright golds and oranges on a joyous autumn day, to shining, white-gowned ghosts drifting through the moonlit forest – Giselle is a haunting and tragic love story.

Mercy is digital art, giclée printed with long-life ink on 100% cotton rag fine art paper – a high quality print that will last a lifetime.

© 2017, Ailene Cuthbertson, Mercy., 30 cm x 30 cm.

This print is a limited edition of 10, and comes in one size, 12″ x 12″ (30 cm x 30 cm).

Choose from framed or unframed:

Unframed, so you can choose a frame to suit your décor
$250 NZD

Professionally framed with a classic, antique-feel, dark frame, and UV protective glass, ready to hang
$410 NZD

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It is always very special to be able to take home a memento of a great holiday break and I am delighted with “Freed from the Earth”. I was immediately drawn to the ethereal quality of Paige’s dance and the way you had portrayed her gown. She is now hanging in our home and looking just lovely – makes me smile every time I look at it.

Anne from Auckland