Fortunately, the paintings were left in tact and visitors to The Clark are able to see these "lewd, immoral" masterpieces from a bygone era.
to the artwork Eric & I are about to explore.
We will be viewing paintings with mythological, religious and historic themes. Some works are set in beautiful landscapes, making nature a major theme. Some paintings are focused soley on the individual(s) in the work. My favorites:
Cleopatra, with the fatal asp
at her breast, was painted by
Guido Reni in 1640.
theme in Landscape with Diana and Actaeon, painted in 1608.
The Christian martyr,
Saint Sebastian, is the
subject of this Guido
(1617 - 1619).
"Contemporary" & classic mythology co-exist in Venus with an Organist & Cupid,
painted by Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) from 1550 to 1555.
The revelry of a Bacchic Scene
is captured by Nicolas Poussin
(1626 - 1628).
with later additions by Peter Paul Rubens (1610 & after 1625).
Rubens' Fortuna is a
celebration of the
(1636 - 1638).
that every celebration is fraught with tension & undercurrents.
Death of Nessus by Luca Giordano
(1696 - 1697) is one of the
mythical themes the Catholic
Church disapproved of.