This painting called Who Is Sylvia? depicts a scene from Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, where the Host sings to Sylvia:
"Who is Silvia? what is she,
That all our *swains commend her?
Holy, fair and wise is she;
The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admired be.
Is she kind as she is fair?
For beauty lives with kindness.
Love doth to her eyes repair,
To help him of his blindness,
And, being help'd, inhabits there.
Then to Silvia let us sing,
That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring."
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 4, Scene 2.
*Middle English: meaning young man, servant; from Old Norse sveinn
The work was created in 1900 by Edwin Austin Abbey (1852 - 1911), an American muralist, illustrator, and painter. He flourished at the beginning of what is now referred to as the "golden age" of illustration, and is best known for his drawings and paintings of Shakespearean and Victorian subjects.