22 July 2011

An Introduction

I recently found a great (online) location for delving into 19th Century art, where - among many countless others - the brilliant epics from the hand of Jean-Léon Gérôme can be studied. I am infatuated with his mastery of medium and imagery, to put it mildly. One of such moving power for me is his "Pygmalion and Galatea", a copy of which is shown below.

                                               Explore at:  An Introduction to Nineteenth Century Art


  1. Thank you for showing me this one - in addition to strong story associations, I do always like to see depictions of stone and muscle; there is an odd fey-themed sort of strength in the imagery.

    I prefer this one to his other perspective of the scene - I like that they're not facing us at all, let alone staring into the camera. I could do without the cupid, though. I think my favorite part may actually be the inclusion of the dropped hammer among the dust.

  2. Mal,
    You are welcome! I love posting relevant creative aids or appreciations along the way.

    Mmm, yes, definitely agree about the perspective and the hammer in this one.