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Friday, April 24, 2015

A to0 Z 2015 Challenge V is for Velazquez and Venus

 
 Rokeby Venus also known as Venus at Her Mirror
 painted by Diego Velazquez   c. 1647-1651
 
The Rokeby Venus is the only surviving female nude by Velázquez. Nudes were extremely rare in seventeenth-century Spanish art, which was policed actively by members of the Spanish Inquisition. Despite this, nudes by foreign artists were keenly collected by the court circle, and this painting was hung in the houses of Spanish courtiers until 1813, when it was brought to England to hang in Rokeby Park, Yorkshire. In 1906, the painting was purchased by National Art Collections Fund for the National Gallery, London. Although it was attacked and badly damaged in 1914 by the suffragette Mary Richardson, it soon was fully restored and returned to display.
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To learn even more go to Chubby Chatterbox .
His blog contains all sorts of fascinating art facts written in a very entertaining and always educational way!

6 comments:

Keith's ramblings said...

I suppose it was the porn of its' time! Whatever, that is a delightful image.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's what a woman should look like - lots of full curves, not a stick figure with boobs.

Stephen Hayes said...

Thanks for the shout out. The Rokeby Venus is a fabulous picture. Velazquez creates wonderful flesh tones without exaggerating colors, ala Rubens. I hope you're having a terrific weekend.

Karen S. said...

Very interesting.

Sandee said...

Now anything goes. Okay, off topic. This is a fabulous painting.

Have a terrific day honey. Tons of scritches to Miss Lucy. ♥♥♥

messymimi said...

That's a beautiful painting! It's sad what the Inquisition did, including, apparantly, supress the arts.