Category: art detail

Landscape with Venus and Adonis (and detail) by Gillis van Conixloo 

Flemish, 1580s

oil on canvas

Cleveland Museum of Art

Detail from Arcadia by Thomas Eakins

American, c. 1883

oil on canvas

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Detail from Athéna by François-Louis Schmied, with Laurent Monnier and the  Baudin enamel workshop 

French, c. 1931

enameled and gilt metal, comprising thirteen panels

private collection x

Detail of the god Pan and two satyrs, from an etching by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto. Italian, c. 1645. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

From the Met:

In the 1640s, Castiglione produced a group of etchings that bring to life the world of Theocritus’ Idylls and Virgil’s Eclogues, in which Pan is frequently invoked as lord of the flocks and patron of pastoral poetry. In this etching, the resting god, wearing his usual crown of pine, receives a second crown of grape leaves. The volcano must be Etna, for the rustic verse of both the Greek Theocritus (ca. 300–260 B.C.) and the Roman Virgil (70–19 B.C.) is set in Sicily.

Arcadia (and detail) by Thomas Eakins. American, c. 1883. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From the Met:

Like other academically trained American artists in the 1880s, Eakins explored classical themes but without the typical narrative contrivances and idealized models. Dating from the time of his appointment as director of the school of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Eakins’s series of Arcadian works declared his commitment to the nude as the basis of art and art instruction. To execute this work, he projected photographic images with a magic lantern onto the canvas, and incised reference marks into the pigment to guide his brush. The female figure at left has been identified as Susan Macdowell, the artist’s future wife.

Details from a terracotta psykter (vase for cooling wine) with hoplites mounted on dolphins, attributed to Oltos

Greek (from Attica), Archaic Period, c. 520-510 B.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Detail of Dionysos, Hermes, and satyrs from a terracotta amphora, attributed to a member of the Bateman Group

Greek (from Attica), c. 530 B.C.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Detail from Spring Scattering Stars by Edwin Howland Blashfield

American, c. 1927

oil on canvas

private collection

Detail from Luna by Edward Burne-Jones and Morris & Co.

English, 1878

stained glass

private collection x 

Detail of Circe from an etching by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, called Il Grechetto. Italian, 1650-1651. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.