Kees van Dongen
Cameo Portrait of Emperor Augustus
Repaussers - 2 pressers
Edgar Degas c. 1880s
Musee d’Orsay, Paris
The Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas is designing a new arts centre, which is due to open in July 2015, for Miami Beach. It is part of a $750m development of six city blocks on Collins Avenue led by the Argentinian property developer Alan Faena, who revitalised a run-down area of Buenos Aires with a similar scheme.
The Origin Of The Milky Way, 1575–1580
National Gallery, London
1860 ( revised 1879/1880)
oil on canvas
Really interesting piece in regards to Feminism, around the time this was finished & edited Degas went back and adjusted the setting making it more contemporary and placing the women on the left versus right (which is where women were supposed to be in classical history paintings) it is speculated that this could indicate French feminist influence on Degas in that during this time the development of Feminism was in the newspapers and surrounding him (Degas was also good friends during this time with Diego Martelli and Italian feminist author) and that instead of this being a classic history painting it is a representation of modern European society in the late 1800s in regards to women versus men.
Death of Sardanapalus (La Mort de Sardanapale)
oil on canvas, 1827
392 × 496 cm or 12′–1″ × 16′–3″
Musée du Louvre
Sardanapalus king of Assyria is waiting defeat from his mortal enemy who is coming with an army of which he can not defeat. In order to maintain his pride he orders the death of his harem and will die upon entry of his enemy claiming victory over his own mortality.
somehow tonight I ended up giving a presentation on this at the Louvre to a group of men. (on top of telling a bunch of people about the Louvre’s history & the now nonexistent Tuileries palace)
from the series Laurent under the Sun.
recreating my Sim Laurent D’Allegro as Male Nude on Rocky Outcrop, (c.1900) by Baron Wilhelm Von Gloeden, that was inspired on Hippolyte Flandrin’s Jeune Homme Nu Assis au Bord de la Mer (1836)
In response to the interesting aspect of this image as a ‘Gay Icon’ there is a really great article discussing these photos in relationship to the actual painting and their subsequent association with LGBTI ideology and methodology. The article is by Michael Camille and entitled: