1840-1849


Ferdinand lured by Ariel
Ferdinand lured by Ariel
Sir John Everett Millais

Omnia Vanitas
Omnia Vanitas
William Dyce
Royal Academy of Arts Collection INSPIRATION 
Vanitas Vanitatum, Omnia Vanitas
(1845-46) by Anne Bronte

Herodias
Herodias
Paul Delaroche

The Artist's Halt in the Desert
The Artist's Halt in the Desert
Richard Dadd

The Death of Romeo and Juliet
The Death of Romeo and Juliet
Sir John Everett Millais

Evening
Evening
Samuel Palmer

Penelope
Penelope
John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope

Oure Ladye of Good Children
Oure Ladye of Good Children
Ford Madox Brown

Manfred on the Jungfrau
Manfred on the Jungfrau
Ford Madox Brown

Puck
Puck
Richard Dadd

Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Come Unto These Yellow Sands
Richard Dadd

The Haunt of the Fairies
The Haunt of the Fairies
Richard Dadd

Ruins in a Moonlit Landscape
Ruins in a Moonlit Landscape
Arnold Böcklin

Pandemonium
Pandemonium
John Martin

The Celestial City and River of Bliss
The Celestial City and River of Bliss
John Martin

The Beautiful Rosine
The Beautiful Rosine
Antoine Wiertz

The Renunciation of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary
The Renunciation of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary
James Collinson

Titania Sleeping
Titania Sleeping
Richard Dadd

The Deluge
The Deluge
Francis Danby

The First Translation of the Bible into English: Wycliffe Reading His Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt
The First Translation of the Bible into English: Wycliffe Reading His Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt
Ford Madox Brown

The Assuaging of the Waters
The Assuaging of the Waters
John Martin

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11/11/2004 2:06:33 PM chiaroscuro Kindly note: if you go to the Object of the Month - it is a representation of Leda. However, the mythology listed by the RA: "This imposing example of sixteenth-century draughtsmanship depicts the mythical union of Leda, Queen of Sparta, with Jupiter, who has taken the form of a swan. According to the Ancient Greek tale, Leda - also the mother of Helen of Troy and Clytemnestra - gave birth to the twins Castor and Pollux as a result of this liaison." -- sorry, but that information is incorrect. Please be advised. C.
11/11/2004 2:26:11 PM chiaroscuro Apologies: the link to the RA is under 'Omnia Vanitas' by Dyce - image #2 in this album. There is another link on that page to 'Object of the Month.' But first, please do view the enlargement of 'Omnia Vanitas' by Dyce - it is gorgeous. C.
11/11/2004 2:52:31 PM chiaroscuro There are contradictory stories of this myth, and I think that should be taken into account. Especially in context with Leda, Castor, Pollux, Clymtemestra, & Helen. Personally, opinion only - but I believe the fascination of artists with this subject has to do with Helen & NOT the twins, who may or may not BOTH belong to Zeus. There is no conflict for the artist who views the union in the one view of the offspring being Helen. C.
11/11/2004 3:00:03 PM chiaroscuro Okay. So I feel pretty strongly about this. All that followed this 'union' - The Trojan War, the stories of the minstrals, handed down orally until Homer - would have impact - if we see the star cast in that instant as Helen - Castor and Pollux do not. Don't you think artists rather portray the sensual? Grrrr.
11/11/2004 3:01:08 PM chiaroscuro Should read: unless we see the star cast in that instant as Helen (not 'if').
11/11/2004 3:02:26 PM chiaroscuro Castor and Pollux do not [have the same impact].
11/11/2004 3:11:22 PM chiaroscuro Definitely a depiction of Leda and the Swan that will result in Helen - it is highly erotic - no other personnage can be a result of this 'painted' union. For future reference -- Leda and the Swan, attributed to Rosso Fiorentino after Michelangelo, black chalk on ca.16 sheets of paper, 1530s -- C.
11/11/2004 5:17:29 PM kat I love how you are having this whole conversation with yourself C. :)-- LOL, though I know you include us too. I adore that Omnia Vanitas ptg. I printed it out large about a month ago and have it up in my bedroom. Yes many Leda ptgs. have her with 4 cracked eggs...4 little cherubs that are born, two sets of two, ..so the confusion abounds. It is the story of the star boys and Helen and the other one ....though some tales have Nemesis the mom. Anyhow thanks for the tip, I have many sensuous versions of Leda ( she has been our object of many months!) in that pose but not that particular one. I am sure I linked somewhere to the one in London that has her on a red couch. Deliciously. Now if you ask me these images are very erotic and not violent at all. As always thanks for the additions.
11/11/2004 8:23:56 PM chiaroscuro With those thighs who the heck would need a gym. :(