20. Female Nude Reclining on a Divan
There is a manifest sensuality to this dreaming woman with her body offered up to the spectator’s gaze, and we know from the Journal that Delacroix’s relations with his models often went beyond the pictorial; but there are also traces of the influence of Bonington in the presentation, and perhaps of Delacroix’s desire to emulate Ingres’ nudes.
19. Diana and Callisto
It portrays the moment in which the goddess Diana discovers that her maid Callisto has become pregnant by Jupiter.
18. In the Tepidarium
The tepidarium was the warm Roman bath. This painting shows a girl holding an ostrich feather and a strigel used for scraping the skin after soaping and oiling it. Alma-Tadema generally contrasted archaeologically accurate detail with aggressively modern figures and attitudes. He was also the most gifted exponent among Victorian painters in rendering exactly textures, surfaces and colours.
17. Phryné before the Aeropagus
The story tells about Alcippe , the daughter of Ares (God of War) and Aglauros. She was raped by a son of Poseidon. Ares immediately killed the rapist, and was brought on trial by the other gods. It was the first murder trial. After the facts were laid out, and they heard what happened to Alcippe, Ares was quickly aquitted. Alcippe was also called Phryne.
Danaë being impregnated by Zeus, who comes to her in the form of golden rain (see Danaë for the explanation of this Greek myth) was a subject for several well-known paintings.
15. The Fortune
14. Female Nude and Pianist
13. The Sleeping Venus
12. The Nude Maja
The identity of the Nude Maja has been the topic of many discussions. Theories range from Pilar Teresa Cayetana, the Duchess of Alba, to Teresita, sister of a priest. Some critics believe Goya had no model at all, but painted his “ideal” woman.
11. In the Tepidarium
10. One Second Before Awakening from a Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate
The painting depicts a woman (Dalí’s wife, Gala) sleeping while sunbathing naked during a calm day on rocks floating over the sea, possibly at Port Lligat. An elephant with incredibly long, extremely thin legs walks across the sea’s horizon while carrying an obelisk. Near the woman float two drops of water and a small pomegranate. From a larger pomegranate comes a fish that spews a tiger from which comes another tiger, while in front of that second tiger a rifle’s bayonet touches (or nearly touches) the woman’s right arm.
8. Venus Anadyomene
Venus Anadyomene offered a natural subject for a fountain: the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC has a lifesize bronze plumbed so that water drips from Venus’ hair, modelled by a close follower of Giambologna, late sixteenth century.
7. The Birth of Venus
She has graced magazine covers, had wine named after her and poems written to her. She has experienced fame and adoration and has won high acclaim from critics. Her career began, like the many models after her, in Paris but she was created and moulded by a Master. She is a Melbourne icon, mascot for the HMAS Melbourne, an extremely fine work of art, she is an ingenue, a nymph, a celebrity. She is Chloe, the famous nude portait which has graced the walls of the Young and Jackson Hotel since 1909.
5. The Source
4. Reclining Nude
3. The Three Nymphs
1. Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore