Posts tagged Art History.
Devious detail from Bellona, by Rembrandt van Rijn
The Nymph of Amalthea, 1780s
Laurent Honorè Marqueste - Perseus Slaying Medusa,1876
gian lorenzo bernini
Salome by George Desvallières, c. 1905 (detail)
Alexander Yanov (1857-1918)
The monk painter
Jérôme-Martin Langlois. Diana and Endymion.
Saint Augustin,1645-1650 -detail- Philippe de Champaigne.
Henryk Siemiradzki, Diana and Acteon, 1886.
There used to be a Web site about Dark Goddesses, which included a Frank Frazetta painting of Diana changing Acteon into a stag and his own hounds falling on him, with the caption: “Sometimes no means no.” I dug that. Paintings of the Acteon myth are often excuses to commit the same blasphemy he did - to have a good ogle of the nude goddess and her retinue at their bath - but this one tries to avoid showing us what we are not permitted to see. Diana’s half-regained clothes look like a queen’s robes, or perhaps the water from a stream, or perhaps moonlight - anyway, a pearlescent rush up to the the blazing crescent on her forehead, the centre of the picture and the source of the power that’s killing Acteon in the shadows like the brute he is.
Guillaume Seignac (1870 - 1929) - Diana the huntress
(detail) The Grasshopper,1872,Jules-Joseph Lefebvre.