Category Archives: Behind the Canvas

Carrington – Dora de Houghton (1893-1932)

The model for the above painting was Henrietta Bingham, a woman who included Dora Carrington in her very long list of sexual conquests. Like her, Dora also enjoyed sex with both men and women. Henrietta was engaged for a year … Continue reading

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Carolsfeld – Julius Schnorr von (1794-1872)

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Breenbergh – Bartholomeus (1598-1657)

This illustrates a scene from Giovanni Battista Guarini’s 1590 play The Faithful Shepard. This was a popular theme for paintings, since it featured two girls kissing in a kissing contest between the nymphs. The viewers at the time knew it … Continue reading

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Bosch – Hieronymus (1450-1516)

Hieronymus Bosch was one of the most original painters in history. His work looks like no one else’s- except for those who copy him, of course. Below we have a painting attributed to the school of Bosch, which simply means … Continue reading

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Barney – Alice Pike

There weren’t any unacceptable nudes by Barney, but the above painting, while not appropriate to the collection, is of note. The model is Barney’s daughter, Natalie. Both were notorious wealthy Washington socialites, although later Natalie relocated to Paris. As you’ll … Continue reading

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Albani – Francesco (1578–1660)

The Italian painter Francesco Albani did some surprisingly erotic paintings for his time. This is a strange theme, but a very popular one with artists. The picture above wound up as unacceptable because of the lack of nudity. We do … Continue reading

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Américo – Pedro (1843-1905)

It was often not possible for artists to view live models. Fortunately, the Greeks created a number of life sized statues that artists could draw from. Many artists learned some of the basics of drawing the nude from the Vênus … Continue reading

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Allori – Alessandro (1535-1607)

Cleopatra was a popular theme for artists who wanted to do nudes. The most popular was her suicide with her baring her breasts, an addition added by Shakespeare.  The banquet theme was also popular, although with bare breasts I suppose … Continue reading

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