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 […]

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 […]

The Birth of Venus by Cabanel and other artists

The Birth of Venus (1863) by Alexandre Cabanel, free widescreen wallpaper 1920x1200

The French Academic painter Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) is well-known for his works depicting classical, mythological and religious themes, apart from his fame as a portrait painter. From 1844 he exhibited his works at the Paris Salon and had won the Grande Médaille d’Honneur at the Salons of 1865, 1867 and 1878. He painted more or […]