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.
John William Godward, Mischief and Repose (1895)
Giulio Pippi aka Giulio Romano, The Birth of Bacchus (c 1530)
James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née Thérèse Feuillant (1866)
Frans Hals, Saint John The Evangelist (c.1625)
Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portrait of Princess Leonilla of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn (1843)
Édouard Manet, Spring (Jeanne Demarsy) (1881)
Édouard Manet, Portrait of Madame Brunet (1860s)
Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini), Portrait of a Woman with a Book of Music (1540-45)
John William Godward, Reverie (1904)
Giovanni Girolamo Savoldo, Saint Mary Magdalene at the Sepulcher (c1535)
Odillon Redon, Baronne de Domecy (c.1900)
John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Thérèse, Countess Clary Aldringen (1896)
Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Head of a Young Girl (1791)
Jean-François Millet, Portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent (1841)
Hendrick Ter Brugghen, Bacchante With an Ape (1627)
Paul Cézanne, Young Italian Woman at a Table (c1895-1900)
Jean-Étienne Liotard, Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age (c 1755)
- 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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