L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Religious and historical flesh, allegorical flesh - a selection of paintings by Guido Cagnacci

Maddalena Svenuta (The Fainting Magdalene), 1663.

I made a post about this wonderful artist not too long ago having, at the time, just "discovered" him. Two David and Goliaths, two versions using the same pose and the same model. Here are further examples of his work. He certainly has a way with depicting flesh and, more specifically, he's a virtuoso of the breast...!

The Death of Cleopatra, 1658.
The Drunken Noah, circa 1650.
The Death of Cleopatra, circa 1645-55.
The Death of Lucretia, 1657.
Saint Jerome, circa 1659.
Allegory of Time (or of Life), circa 1650.
David With the Head of Goliath, circa 1650. (One of the two paintings I featured in the previous post; I find this version ravishing.)
The Death of Lucretia, circa 1657.
The Death of Lucretia, circa 1660.


The Penitent Magdalene, circa 1660-63. Certainly Cagnacci's masterpiece, I think this is quite a remarkable painting.

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