A snowbird shows photos from southwest Florida (Naples) and southwest Connecticut (Ridgefield) and New England and other places he goes.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Disturbing? It is All in Your Point of View.
In today's world, portraying a naked adult man in a close relationship to a naked infant would generate an outrage. But, this 1774 terra-cotta sculpture -- Faun Holding an Infant Faun -- was mainstream in the 18th century, I guess. It is by Jacques-François-Joseph Saly.
Let's be clear. I have NO problem with this lovely lady, but the full frontal nude would be a bit much in a modern American mainstream work. Fortunately, there were no such reservations in the France of 1799. This classical ewer is by Sigisbert- François Michel, who worked out of a Paris workshop.
Both are from the Wadsworth Atheneum's current exhibition of French works from the museum's collection.