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November 14, 2007

Gallery: SPQR Gallery: Artist's Studio

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This is the sort of thing that gets comics artists arrested in certain jurisdictions, so it has been bowdlerised. Also, I like using the word "bowdlerise."

Fig leaves are kind of suggestive, actually.

Do not click through if you are shaky on the term 'artistic nude.' Or if fig leaves make you giggle uncontrollably.

GanymedeOne thing the Metropolitan Museum does have is a surfeit of torso fragments of young men, Roman marbles as well as, if I'm recalling correctly, Greek marbles and bronzes, posed in a sinuous curve perhaps copying the ancient sculptor Praxiteles' Ganymede. The ones in the museum are all armless, legless, and headless, poor things.

Oh, and the museum also has some seriously cool Greek vases, quite suitable for display in one's mansion in Herculaneum, next to one's sculpture of Ganymede. Or next to one's artfully positioned wine-bearing servant. At Speudon's house, the servants might actually serve wine in the altogether.

If I ink this sketch, I'll probably make the background drapery black. And there won't be a fig leaf.

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Posted by klio at November 14, 2007 07:49 PM
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