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    Posted 7 years ago

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    I don't know what the material is it's plaster white under the few chips in the corner the rest is a gold and shaded gild. Can anyone tell me the name of this piece and the age? I've tried and tried and this one has me stumped. I think it's 18th century or older, but i could be off my a 100 years who know...

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    1. cmharding, 7 years ago
      there's a marking or signature on that last pic but i don't believe it's english
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I think she is in a claim shell.
    3. cmharding, 7 years ago
      yes she is. but that represents a coffin.
    4. cmharding, 7 years ago
      there's a painting called the sleeping cherub, could be based on that maybe... idk
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      I thought the clam shell referred to sexual anatomy? Of course everything does to me.
    6. Printsid Printsid, 7 years ago
      cool piece
    7. cmharding, 7 years ago
      I have brought together Giorgio Barbarelli Giorgione's Sleeping Venus and juxtaposed it to Venus and Cupid by Nicolas Poussin. Both depict the slumbering (Greek and Roman) Goddess of Love, Venus.

      Italy's Giorgione painted Sleeping Venus in 1508-10 on oil on canvas. Venus is depicted on a satin sheet and wine-red pillow. Venus sleeps serenely with one arm above her head and the other strategically placed over her crotch. In the background is a landscape of buildings, trees and mountains.

      Giorgione, who was well educated and, in addition to his painting, was also a musician and poet, died before the Sleeping Venus was complete. The artist, Titian, finished the painting. Giorgione usually selected romantic mythological figures in harmony with nature. The warm tones and soft modeling colors produce a harmonious, peaceful painting. The Venus embodies the ideal of beauty of the high Renaissance. She takes up almost the entire width of the foreground. The landscape behind her includes a tree stump that represented fertility in many paintings at the time.

      France's Nicolas Poussin painted The Sleeping Venus and Cupid on oil on canvas. It was completed in 1630. Venus and Cupid shows a sleeping Venus with two cupids - one on either side of her. Venus' brightness is in contrast to the duller surrounding figures and landscape which make the latter somewhat difficult to see. Cupid, in Roman mythology was Venus' son, and the two cupids depicted in the painting are in close proximity to her. As the goddess of love, Venus was the "queen of pleasure" and considered mother of the Roman people. Watching over her near her head are two observers, possibly suitors or voyeurs. Recently there has been a description of people taking advantage sexually of others who are sleeping and perhaps Poussin, somewhat ahead of his time, is alluding to this. In the middleground are two lovers and some sheep that Venus possibly counted before she fell asleep. Poussin was one of the greatest exponents of classicism and was regarded as the greatest living artist by his contemporaries.

      Both painting belong to the Art Gallery of Dresden.
    8. cmharding, 7 years ago
      Ancient Greek depictions of Eros (who the Romans called Cupid) often show him as a young man with wings. He is a young man, too, in the story of Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius. But in Renaissance art he is a child. He flies blindfolded in Botticelli's Primavera, a classic, captivating image.

      Yet Renaissance artists were sometimes deliberately provocative in their depictions of Cupid. In Parmigianino's Cupid Carving his Bow, he bestrides the arts, showing the beholder his bum, while in Bronzino's Venus and Cupid in the National Gallery he is very intimate with his mother Venus.
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Whacky Jacky is convinced that this is 2 diff. pieces & arguing. Please clear this up!
    10. cmharding, 7 years ago
      two different pieces? what do you mean? it's one single statue
    11. cmharding, 7 years ago
      i cut and pasted the descriptions of the most famous paintings of venus with eros
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Emharding, I tried to explain to her that it was just diff. angles of the same piece but she insists that there are 2 diff. ones. Who can figure!!? Just say it's one piece so she will shut up!

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