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Retro Rule Five: Alexandre Cabanel’s Birth of Venus, 1875


Smitty’s Rule 5 Sunday offerings are a regular treat. Freelancer Bob Belvedere’s reprise of Nancy Harwood is well worth a look because she’s so familiar.  Where have we seen her before?  Yes, in Art History class… Alexandre Cabanel painted her portrait in 1875.

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Alexandre Cabanel: The Birth of Venus, 1875

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William-Adolphe Bouguereau painted her in 1879.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/05/18 13:58

    Spectacular. I’ve never looked at one of his paintings without finding something to try in one of my own.

    By the way, thanks for your comments on my blog over the last few weeks, while I’ve been such a terrible correspondent. To answer some of your questions – I haven’t retired; Portugal is an assignment. (They’re paying me to be here, can you believe it?)

    Thanks again,


  2. 2010/05/18 16:23

    Ahhhhhhh….. Many thanks for the morning eye candy.

    • 2010/05/18 17:20

      Hey LA – Glad to post.
      One could not call Vénus ‘svelt’. She’s infinitely sexy from a red-blooded male perspective – I think that’s because Cabanel, Bouguereau and their colleagues were genuine heterosexual fans of the subject. Next week I’ll post another (rare image) by Falero.

  3. bobbelvedere permalink
    2010/05/20 21:45

    I don’t think I ever thanked your for the link. I humbly apologize for my failure.

    A marvelous painting.


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