When a statue comes to life. These two versions of

9/2/2021, 11:07:48 AM
When a statue comes to life. These two versions of Diadumenè were painted, respectively, in 1883 and 1893 by the British artist Edward Poynter. The woman here is inspired by the Esquiline Venus, a famous statue from the 1st century BC, that was discovered less than a decade before Poynter created his first version. The only problem with the statue is that it has no arms anymore. So, Poynter decided to recreate this statue in the flesh and add the arms and some context. In both paintings, the woman has just stepped out of the Roman bath. In the first one, we can still see a heron, and she is taking the time to get herself prepared for the rest of the day. The second version was painted 10 years after the first one, and Poynter added some drapery around the woman, apparently because he could not sell the first version and the version with some drapery would do better on the Victorian market. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FineArts #ArtoftheDay #Poynter #Ancient #Classical #Statue #Diadumene #Roman #Bath #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter

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