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Retro Rule Five: A Conservative View of Classical Bodaciousness…


Luis Ricardo Falero was an extraordinary student of the human figure.  His passion for the beauty of the feminine and his interpretive skill are proving timeless.

Some will claim that Frank Frazetta was another such artist.  Perhaps Frazetta’s interest leaned toward the erotic more so than the feminine – though, I’m not sure how a man might distinguish them. (We will host more of Frazetta’s work here in the near future.)

Here’s another beautiful opus by Luis Falero that appeals on both levels: The Planet Venus, ca. 1882.

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Luis Ricardo Falero: The Planet Venus, ca 1882

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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 Cindy Fuller, Miss May.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 2010/05/30 12:53

    I’m not usually partial to blonds, but well… enough said I suppose. Thanks yet again for the eye candy.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday too.


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