Eddie Pensier writes:
Earlier this year I accompanied Blowhard Esq, brother of Blowhard (hereafter referred to as BOB) and occasional commenter Tex for a visit to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Despite being the sort of modernist architecture we normally abhor here at UR, I found the Getty to be a delightful place, well-organized inside and with charming, restful gardens outside.
Here I give you some feminine highlights from our trip. Personal favorites include Ter Brugghen’s bawdy Bacchante with an opportunistic little monkey; Godward’s Mischief and Repose, whose title fills in whatever blanks you might still have after seeing the languid poses, blissful expressions and translucent dresses; Pippi’s infant Bacchus getting what appears to be a handjob from Semele; and a ringer– Hals’ John the Evangelist, who looks so beautiful I had to include him here.
Mild neoclassical nudity after the break.
Giulio Pippi aka Giulio Romano, The Birth of Bacchus (c 1530)
John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Thérèse, Countess Clary Aldringen (1896)
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of Princess Leonilla of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1843)
Paul Cézanne, Young Italian Woman at a Table (c1895-1900)
Hendrick Ter Brugghen, Bacchante With an Ape (1627)
Édouard Manet, Portrait of Madame Brunet (1860s)
Odillon Redon, Baronne de Domecy (c.1900)
John William Godward, Reverie (1904)
Jean-Étienne Liotard, Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age (c 1755)
Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, Saint Mary Magdalene at the Sepulcher (c1535)
James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant (1866)
Édouard Manet, Spring (Jeanne Demarsy) (1881)
Frans Hals, Saint John The Evangelist (c.1625)
Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini), Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music (1540-45)
Jean-François Millet, Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent (1841)
John William Godward, Mischief and Repose (1895)
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Head of a Young Girl (1791)
- Another MCLOTW collection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
- Blowhard, Esq. recently took a jaunt to the Morgan Library.
- Not all my museum visits have been as pleasant as this one.
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