Friday, January 20, 2012

The Friday Evening Nudes

Tonight I feature various renditions of Danae The Rembrandt is for my lovely friend Susan



Artemisa Gentilesch
Danaë 

(That red blanket takes my breath away.  ~ P.S.)



 Rembrandt
Danaë 
Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia




Danae
(detail)





Danae
(detail)





In 1985 this painting was viciously slashed and bathed in acid by a deranged man. The restoration proved highly successful. 



Danaë 
Jacob van Loo


Happy Weekend.
(Feeling a bit Sphinx-like),
Gina
:-)

10 comments:

  1. hi my sweet-it's good to see your nudes again AND it's good to see you too. these are all quite lovely and i had to look her up as i did not know who she was!

    love that red blanket too- i NEED one!! :)

    much lovexoxoxo

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  2. Aaah, Rembrandt (and the whole Dutch 17th Century school, for that matter)!

    What a magnificent, above all human figure; someone whose interest in people shows in the all the faces in the pictures he painted.

    And, of course, his attraction to women who had a bit of flesh on their bones ... :-)

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  3. I like the last one - Behind the curtain.

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  4. Linda - you don't need it as much as I - it's 18 here and the sky is white. The good news is that it's a tad after 5 and it's not dark yet.
    So good to see you, too! Much love back atcha! :-)

    Francis - this particular Rembrandt may very well be one of my favorite nudes of all time. Who says women can't be resplendent nudes even with a few extra pounds in the curvy places? :-)

    imac - she is so white, as if she's dead but the contrast of her skin to the rich colors around her is really lovely. I particularly love the deep green and copper colors of the fabrics.

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  5. beautiful
    the red blanket is amazing, the folds are so lush

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  6. Oh Gina, I'm so delighted you dedicated the Danae by Rembrandt to me. The other paintings are lovely but the Rembrandt is really a very amazing painting and one it would be a delight to gaze upon in its home. Can you imagine being able to spend some time in the Hermitage? Once upon a time I went to the Louvre every single day for more than a month and finally gave up in despair of properly seeing everything and spending enough time on each worthy painting and sculpture when I found Michelangelo's Slaves in a basement. I'd probably have to go and live in the Hermitage to do its collection any justice.

    Rembrandt's Danae is truly a wonder of beauty and subtle meanings. I've read about the painting before and have only seen representations which (as you know) are never really enough. I mean an 8x10 foot picture simply doesn't fit on a screen or even a page in a coffee table book. You might be interested in this article from BU that discusses the long missed fact that the old maid in the background is actually the Artist himself. It certainly convinced me. There are skilled and talented artists but genius is rare indeed.

    Thank you again, my friend ♡

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  7. Beautiful paintings and wonderful lighting. I, too, love the material with its folds and creases. When I was studying art at school, I used to love trying to capture the way in which his folds are painted.

    Great post! Thank you!

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  8. Di - the red blanket looks inviting, doesn't it? :-)

    Susan - I recall you once mentioning how much you love this Rembrandt. I love it too. I will read the article tonight. Thanks.

    aguja - so glad you enjoyed it. And a tidbit about you is always nice. I didn't know you were once an art student. :-)

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  9. Great selection! The details are lovely.

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