Auguste Rodin: The Crouching Woman

Auguste Rodin’s bronze sculpture Crouching Woman (Femme accroupie) in the Hirshhorn Museum, USA

The Crouching Woman is a bronze sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). It was modeled during the period 1882-1884, and enlarged during 1907-1911, and cast in 1962. The sculpture can be viewed in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. According […]

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus

The Sleeping Borghese Hermaphroditus at Louvre museum, designed as free widescreen wallpaper

Cardinal Scipione Borghese loved this Hermaphrodite so much that he devoted a room for her/him in Villa Borghese, and called it the ‘Room of the Hermaphrodite’. What you see in the picture is the ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus’, a second century AD Roman copy of the Greek original of the second century BC. In 1608, it was […]

Evolution of art is integral to evolution of humans

Aphrodite Braschi, broken marble Venus, Glyptothek, Munich

Art is what evolved along with the evolution of Homo sapiens. The history of art, both in its two-dimensional form such as drawings and paintings, and three-dimensional form as carvings, sculptures, statues and similar artistic objects, is as old as the history of human beings. In fact, art is older than writing. The earliest forms […]

Apollonie Sabatier: French courtesan and artists’ model

Apollonie Sabatier painting by Vincent Vidal, Musée national du château de Compiègne

Apollonie Sabatier (1822-1889) was a French courtesan, artists’ model and a Bohemian in Paris. She also maintained a popular salon, where she acquainted most of the intellectuals of her times in Paris, such as artists, musicians, writers and art historians. As a socialite, some of her acquaintances include Alfred de Musset, Auguste Clésinger, Charles Augustin […]

Phryne (as Venus) made immortal by Praxiteles

Aphrodite of Cnidus, Venus Pudica, by Praxiteles, National Museum of Rome

We often hear about Phryne, whenever the name of Venus or Aphrodite is mentioned. Also we quite often stumble upon the name Praxiteles along with the names of Aphrodite, Phryne, etc. Who are they? Phryne was a famous hetaera (a term used for courtesans) who was born in Thespiae in Boeotia but lived in Athens […]

J. Carroll Beckwith: Nymph and Cupid


Nymph and Cupid is an oil painting by the American Impressionist artist James Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917). He had probably drawn it based on the sculpture titled Nymphe et Cupidon, by the French sculptor Pierre Legros the Elder, located at the gardens of Château de Versailles, France. Born at Hannibal, Missouri, the United States, James Carroll […]

Nymph and Cupid: sculpture by Pierre Legros the Elder

Nymph and Cupid by Pierre Legros the Elder at Versailles Palace, large wallpaper

Nymph and Cupid (Nymphe et Cupidon), sculpture by the French sculptor Pierre Legros the Elder (Pierre Legros l’Aîné, 1629-1714) at the south rim of the basin north of the Parterre d’Eau, Jardins du Château de Versailles, Yvelines, France. Pierre Le Gros the Elder’s output as a sculptor was mostly used for beautification and decoration of […]

Aphrodite of Menophantos, marble statue of Capitoline Venus

Marble statue Aphrodite of Menophantos - Capitoline Venus

The Aphrodite of Menophantos is a marble statue of the Capitoline Venus (type: Venus Pudica), signed by the Greek sculptor Menophantos in 1st century BC, found at the Camaldolese monastery of San Gregorio Magno al Celio (aka San Gregorio al Celio or simply San Gregorio), a church in Rome. The Camaldolese coenobites occupy the church […]