Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night.

2002.230

2002.230 Working Title/Artist: “Penelope Unraveling Her Work at Night” Department: Am. Decorative Arts Culture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: 1886 photographed by mma in 2001, transparency 5 scanned by photo studio in 2005 (file name: ADA426.TIF)

Dora Wheeler (1856–1940) Metmuseum.

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The Abduction of Deianeira by the Centaur Nessus. 1755. Lagrenée.

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Dans la période de transition qui, entre Boucher et David, prépare l’avènement du néoclassicisme, Lagrenée mène une carrière de peintre officiel, servant avec constance la politique artistique des bâtiments du Roi et sa préoccupation première, qui est la régénérescence de la grande peinture.
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Nessus Abducting Deianeira 1617-21. Guido Reni.

IMG_3482Here the painter chooses the scene of the abduction; Hercules, alone on the opposite shore in the background on the right, plays a minor role in the composition.

All the attention is focused on the taught muscular tension of the centaur’s body. His bold, triumphant face contrasts with Deianeira’s fright. The positioning of the figures’ arms imparts vigor to the scene, accentuated further by the flowing movement of the brilliantly colored drapery of Deianeira’s robes. Louvre.

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