Sunday, October 31, 2010

Venus Kallipygos

The Venus Kallipygos engraved by Payne. The print is for sale on Ebay.


 From Wikipedia

Another different print is for sale on Ebay.

From Greek sculpture: selections from Friedrichs' Bausteine, Volumes 1-5 By Karl Friedrichs, Daniel Cady Eaton

A marble statue taken with the Farnese collection from Rome to Naples. The head, neck, and all of the breast above the edge of the garment, are modern. The right hand, the left arm, the left hand with the piece of drapery it holds, and the right leg from the knee down, are also restorations. The restorations were done by Albaccini, on Canova's refusing to place anything of his own on so excellent a masterpiece. The goddess is represented as pulling her garments away from her person with especial intent to conspicuously disclose those parts which her name Kallipygos designates. The left arm pulls the skirt of the garment up over the left shoulder ; the right hand moves the front of the skirt off to the left disclosing all the front of the person with the exception of the outward side of the left leg. The right breast is also bare. The goddess turns her head over her right shoulder as if to direct the glance of the beholder to the part of which she is particularly proud. There was in Syracuse a shrine consecrated to Venus Kallipygos, said to have been erected by two young women of poor but honest parentage who obtained wealthy husbands by a liberal display of those parts of their persons to which this statue calls attention. Both the motive and the story of the statue are repulsive. Still the. difference between Greek and modern methods of thought must be taken into consideration. Moral views were often sacrificed in moments of rosthetic enthusiasm. Handsome men were worshiped after death simply because they had been handsome. Phryne showed herself nude to the Athenian populace as Venus Anadyomene knowing that she would be praised and not blamed for the act.
In spite of the great beauty of the antique parts the statue cannot be referred to the best period of Greek art; for no nude statues of the best periods show such unwomanly shamelessness. The statue is a product of the later Attic school of which the works, though they show great technical excellence, are destitute of moral character.

Greek Sculpture (1-5); Selections From Friedrichs' Bausteine

Venus Types: Venus Genetrix, Venus Kallipygos, Esquiline Venus, Venus of Arles, Townley Venus

Callipygian Venus (Venus Kallipygos) Gallery Statue

Ancient Greek Erotic Art: Venus Types, Venus Genetrix, Venus Kallipygos, Esquiline Venus, 

Venus Kallipygos  Gerard Audran's The Proportions of the Human Body

Venus Kallipygos

Aphrodite: Aphrodite,Cupid and Psyche,Judgement of Paris,Venus de Milo,The Birth of Venus (Botticelli),Temple of Artemis,Pygmalion (mythology),Venus Kallipygos

Gerard Audran's The Proportions of the Human Body

Saturday, October 30, 2010

François Perrier - engravings of classical sculptures


Bacchus-left, Faun-center, Venus-right

François Perrier was a French painter who is best known for his two collections of etchings of antique sculpture, Segmenta nobilium signorum et statuarum quae temporis dentem invidium evasere, (Paris, 1638), and Icones et segmenta illustrium e marmore tabularum quae Romae adhuc extant (Paris, 1645) Wikipedia Article.

These copperplate engravings are for sale on Ebay.

Gladiator-left, Wrestlers-right

François Perrier (Chronos cut Cupid's wings) Art Poster Print - 11x17François Perrier (Madonna with Saints Christopher, Joseph and Claudius) Art Poster Print - 11x17 François Perrier (David with the head of Goliath) Art Poster Print - 11x17

François Perrier (Chronos cut Cupid's wings) Art Poster Print - 11x17

François Perrier (Madonna with Saints Christopher, Joseph and Claudius) Art Poster Print - 11x17

François Perrier (David with the head of Goliath) Art Poster Print - 11x17

Another copy of the faun is available at

 David with Goliath's Head

El Nilo del Vaticano

More images at

Biography from Bryan's Dictionary of painters and engravers By Michael Bryan, 1904
PERRIER, Franqois, called Le Bourguiqnon, was a French painter and engraver, who was born either at Saint Jean de Losne or at Macon, in Burgundy, about the year 1584. He was the son of a goldsmith, who had him instructed in the elements of design; but as he opposed his desire of becoming a painter, the young Perrier secretly left his home, and, without the means of subsistence, associated himself with a blind mendicant, who was on his way to Italy, and by this means arrived at Rome. He accidentally became acquainted with Lanfranco, who encouraged him in his pursuit, and admitted him into his school. After a residence of several years at Rome, he returned in 1630 to France, and passed some time at Lyons, where he painted a set of pictures for the cloister of the Carthusians. He then visited Paris, where Simon Vouet, who was then in possession of every commission of importance, employed him in painting the chapel of the chateau of Chilly, from his design. Finding little employment in Paris, he returned to Rome in 1635, where he applied himself to engraving the principal antique statues and bas-reliefs, and executed several plates after the Italian masters, as well as from his own designs. After the death of Simon Vouet, he returned to Paris in 1645, when he was employed to paint the gallery of the Hotel de la Vrilliere, and was one of the twelve professors who in 1648 founded the Academy. He died in Paris in 1650. Some of his best paintings are the frescoes in the above hotel, and his pictures of 1 Apollo in the Chariot of the Sun,' ' The Temptation of St. Anthony,' and ' Acis and Galatea'—this last in the Louvre. We have by him also a considerable number of etchings, from his own designs, and after other masters. He sometimes signed his name Paria.

His books as listed in the Bibliotheca Sunderlandia: sale catalogue of the truly important and very extensive library of printed books known as the Sunderland or Blenheim library : comprising a remarkable collection of the Greek and Roman classic writers in first, early and rare editions : a large series of early printed Bibles and Testaments in various languages

Perrier (Franc.) Segmenta nobilium signorum et statuarum quae temporis (Urbis Romee) dentem invidium evasere etc. 100 plates, Fine Proof Impressions (some mounted), old calf, sm. 4to. liuiuœ 1638
Perrier. Signorum et Statuorum Segmenta, 100 plates on 51 leaves, fine impressions, old calf oblong fol. Romœ 1653
Perrier. Icones et Segmenta illnstrium e marmore tabularum quae Romee adhuc extant, 50 fine plates, old calf fol. Romœ 1645
Perrier. Icones e Marmore. Another copy on larger paper, 50 plates, old calf imp. oblong fol. Bornee 1645
At the end of the vol. are 10 subjects after Raphael, engraved by Perrier.
François Perrier's Venus in another post.

The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC - AD 300 (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture Representation)
The Roman Nude: Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC - AD 300 (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture Representation)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kuroda Seiki Figure Paintings

A series of nude water color studies signed by  Kuroda Seiki are for sale on Ebay.

He was active in the early twentieth century as a painter and teacher who brought western theories of art to Japan. When he was 20 years old in 1886 he traveled to France to study and discovered plein-air painting. He returned to Japan in 1893 determined to end the Japanese aversion to figure painting.

Wikipedia article.

The oil painting Sentiment which is on display at the Kuroda Memorial Hall at the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo Japan for which the watercolors are a study.

Link to a photograph of the oil painting in the museum.

Research about Kuroda Seiki's paintings using infrared photography.

Kuroda Seiki, Fujishima Takeji =: Kuroda Seiki, Fujishima Takeji (20-seiki Nihon no bijutsu) (Japanese Edition)
Kuroda Seiki, Fujishima Takeji: Kuroda Seiki, Fujishima Takeji (20-seiki Nihon no bijutsu) (Japanese Edition)Search for Kuroda Seiki

Japanese Painters: Miyamoto Musashi, Tsuguharu Foujita, Utamaro, Hokusai, Yoshitaka Amano, Ei-Q, Samizu Matsuki, Kuroda Seiki

Naissance Dans La Préfecture de Kagoshima: Jun'ichi Inamoto, Kosuke Fukudome, Takahiro Suwa, Kota Ibushi, Seiki Kuroda (French Edition)

People From Kagoshima (City): Togo Heihachiro, Kuroda Seiki, Saigo Takamori, Takejiro Tokonami, Ikki Sawamura, Yamamoto Gonnohyoe
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