The Passion of Collecting Academic Nudes

Join me as we explore my collection of Academic Nudes from the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries and serendipitous finds in the Museum, Art Auction, and Gallery world......examples from the Golden Age of the European Academie

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Circle of Domenico Zampieri (Domenichino) (1581-1641) - 17th Century: Ganymede - Cup Bearer to the Gods

A seller on eBay France has listed this nicely executed depiction of Ganymede (Cup Bearer of the Gods), circle of Domenichino. He speculated that the figure might be Young St. John (Not even close). Anyone with half an active brain could read the symbology of that Eagle and the gold cup and that sexually seductive look on that boy's face. I sent him an email and corrected him on the identity of that mysterious youth. I am sure that painting is darker than a stack of black cats and the photographs he posted were illuminated by a million watt bulb, that's how it usually works with some of the European sellers. Dissemblance seems to be a major past-time with some of these guys, just a comment from my personal experience. Anywho, a nicely executed study of a very  popular guy (in Olympus and other circles of lust and passion in the universe...I think someone once said, tongue-in-cheek: "There's nothing so soft as a little boy's cheek...", which cheek, however, being definitely up for debate). Ganymede definitely pissed off Hebe, whom he replaced as the favorite of Zeus. Who can blame her, being upstaged by a young upstart shepherd whose only attribute was his good looks and soft cheeks. Wait a minute, I think I get it now.

Georg Emil Reineck (1848-1916): Standing Nude Youth (Bronze) 1901

A seller on eBay Germany has posted an example of Georg Reineck's Standing Nude Youth. I would expect the sale to top a thousand Euros and up at its end. Reineck is a well listed German sculptor but unfortunately I did not have enought time this morning to dig for his biography.