Friday, February 26, 2010

The Friday Evening Nudes

Paul Delaroche

Pierre Carrier-Belleuse



 Gaston Bussièrre


Leda and the Swan
Bacchiacca (Francesco d'Ubertino) (Italian, Florentine, 1495–1557)
Oil on wood

( I really dig those hatching cherubs!)

Although Leda, wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, is commonly said to have conceived two children by her husband and two by Zeus during the same evening, Euripedes, in Iphigenia at Aulus, mentions a fifth child. Bacchiacca was no doubt familiar with the fourteenth-century Ovide moralisée, which states that Castor, Pollux, and Helen all emerged from a single egg, as here depicted at the right. The two children at the left must be Clytemnestra and Phoebe.
The pose of Leda derives from a print by Dürer, and the buildings in the left background from a print by Lucas van Leyden.   from Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Pierre Bonnaud


 Pierre Bonnaud

And because she lopped off the head of a different man, for different reasons than Judith, here is a rendition of Salome.  Would anyone like to take a stab at identifying what the instrument laying on the tiger's hide might be? If you are the first to guess, (right or wrong, cuz I'm not sure either, I'll let you guest-host a segment of The Friday Evening Nudes.  And then you can ask your own inane questions!   ;-)

Have a great week-end family, friends and readers.
Pagan Sphinx


  1. Hmmm...are you sure it's not a blade of some sort??


  2. hatching cherubs! LOL

    next up: barnacle geese...

    Aloha, Friend!

    Comfort Spiral

  3. Looks like a Lady J.

    Nice collection of nudes this Friday, they are all soft and peaceful. (except for the lopping of the head)


  4. Wow that's another amazing selection!

  5. I love all these nudes. I tried to leave a comment this morning, but I couldn't get the comment box open. I'm glad I came back!


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