No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

Boobies! I mean, Art.

I've just started reading Umberto Eco's History of Beauty. The book itself is quite a thing of beauty. Dense as a brick with oodles of images.
The first few pages provide interesting artistic timelines. The Nude Aphrodite, The Nude Adonis, etc. with tiny cameos along the timeline of representative images. So here are some that caught my eye that I wasn't familiar with (not that I'm much of an art historian - though Gilliam's animations for MPFC have helped me more than anything in that regard -- I'm afraid the full page illo of Bronzino's Allegory with Venus and Cupid goes straight to the Monty Python recognizing portion of my brain).
Anyway... I give you...
The Riace Bronzes. (5th Century BCE)
Charles Mengin's Sappho.
The so-called Head of Theodora (6th Century CE) [not so much beautiful as arresting]
Rossetti's Ecce Ancilla Domini!
Naumburg Cathedral Uta
Tags: art, book

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