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Luis Ricardo Falero: The Planet Venus of 1882

2010/09/16

Luis Ricardo Falero’s passion for beautiful women has proven to be timeless. Please find below an image of a lithograph of The Planet Venus, early 20th century,
and below the break,
an enhanced high resolution digital image of his original 1882 master opus. (Feel free to load the images to full-scale.)

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Luis Ricardo Falero: The Planet Venus, 1882, litho copy

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Luis Ricardo Falero: The Planet Venus, 1882, digital transcription

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From the auction catalogue:

Luis Falero trained in Paris as a portraitist and developed a fascination for painting highly detailed renderings of the female nude. His hyper-realist style often set women in fantastical or mythological settings.

In The Planet Venus Falero presents both the actual planet in its crescent phase, as well as a physical representation of the goddess of love and beauty. Here the voluptuous maiden “Venus” floats before her luminous planet, her long golden tresses cascading down her back. She gently presses her left breast, a gesture drawing attention to her feminine form and implying her sexual fertility. Four putti hover beside her, seemingly tumbling down the smooth edge of the pearlescent planet, into the folds of the pale aubergine cloth swirling about them. This fabric perhaps evokes the beautiful swirl of clouds that famously surrounds the planet Venus.

Venus is the only planet named for a female and one of the five planets visible to the naked eye (Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are the other four). After the moon, it is the brightest natural object in the night sky. As it moves around its orbit, Venus displays phases like those of the Moon: Falero shows Venus in a “thin crescent” as it comes around to the near side between the Earth and the Sun.

Blogbuddy Bob appreciates the curvaceous gal: Dig Christina Smith.

Related Posts:
Paul Sieffert, Giacomo Grosso & Luis Ricardo Falero, and the Art of the Reclining Nude
Luis Ricardo Falero’s Moonlit Beauties
Luis Ricardo Falero’s The Double Star, ca. 1881

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  1. bobbelvedere permalink
    2010/09/16 11:55

    -A masterpiece.

    -Thank you for the link.

    -Bob’s Musing: Being a putti – nice work if you can get it.

  2. 2010/09/16 15:06

    Yeah – I’d be putti in her hands.

  3. 2010/09/17 02:20

    Hey Ran:

    That’s some sweet planet !!!

    On a different note, wishing you a belated very happy New Year; I hope your atonements tomorrow and Saturday are few and not too onerous.

    All best,

    LA

  4. 2010/09/17 02:51

    Hey LA! Thanks, man. Yeah, I have a few things to sort-out.

    Cheers,

    Ran

  5. 2010/09/19 17:39

    Thank-You Irish for the link!!

  6. 2010/12/09 11:22

    What a beautiful image.

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