Thursday, September 3, 2015

Paintings from painters with artistic climax

Source Website: http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.sg/2012/03/artist-painting-seal-of-chastity-on-his.html
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Pierre Hubert Subleyras (1699-1749), The Pack Saddle, 1732
PHOTO: Pierre Hubert Subleyras (1699-1749), The Pack Saddle, 1732
"An Artist Painting a Seal of Chastity on His Wife"
Story: Fontaine is an artist who painted an ass (animal) on his wife as a test of her fidelity, reasoning that any extramarital activity would smudge or erase the painting.  The man who cuckolded him, however, repainted the ass, adding a pack-saddle on the animal.
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A most curious subject matter for a painting; another version (perhaps from the collections of the Hermitage), dated 1732, is on file at Wikipedia.  The painter - Pierre Subleyras - is apparently well known.

He was a remarkably incisive portraitist, as evident from the portrait of Pope Benedict XIV or of the obese Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga. The pope himself commanded two great paintings, the "Marriage of St Catherine" and the "Ecstasy of St Camilla", which he placed in his own private apartments.

Subleyras shows greater individuality in his curious genre pictures, which he produced in considerable number (Louvre). In his illustrations of Fontaine and Boccaccio his true relation to the modern era comes out...

The painting embedded above is from the latter category.  Re the subject matter, I found an indication that the embedded painting is called "The Pack Saddle," with an explanation that the story by Fontaine is of an artist who painted an ass (animal) on his wife as a test of her fidelity, reasoning that any extramarital activity would smudge or erase the painting.  The man who cuckolded him, however, repainted the ass, adding a pack-saddle on the animal.

Perhaps some reader more knowledgeable on classic literature or art can clarify the details.

Addendum:  A hat tip to reader mbarnato, who found the relevant text by Jean de La Fontaine.  It is a poem, which in translation is entitled "The Pack Saddle."

A FAMOUS painter, jealous of his wife;
Whose charms he valued more than fame or life,
When going on a journey used his art,
To paint an ASS upon a certain part,
(Umbilical, 'tis said) and like a seal:
Impressive token, nothing thence to steal.

A BROTHER brush, enamoured of the dame;
Now took advantage, and declared his flame:
The Ass effaced, but God knows how 'twas done;
Another soon howe'er he had begun,
And finished well, upon the very spot;
In painting, few more praises ever got;
But want of recollection made him place
A saddle, where before he none could trace.

THE husband, when returned, desired to look
At what he drew, when leave he lately took.
Yes, see my dear, the wily wife replied,
The Ass is witness, faithful I abide.
Zounds! said the painter, when he got a sight,--
What!--you'd persuade me ev'ry thing is right?
I wish the witness you display so well,
And him who saddled it, were both in Hell.


Posted by Minnesotastan (Tai-wiki-widbee") on 01 March 2012


Paintings from other painters with artistic climax

Pierre Hubert Subleyras (1699 – 1749, French), Le jument du compère Pierre, 1745
PHOTO: Pierre Hubert Subleyras (1699 – 1749, French), Le jument du compère Pierre, 1745
The compere Pierre mare

A villager who make a living in agriculture lost an animal, a mare. Worried about how it will survive on its own in the future on the land, he shared his concerns with the local priest. The priest has long been eyeing the peasant's woman and offered to pray for him with a "mare". Only prayer were to be heard, and during the ritual the participants were not to issue any sound. The priest put one hand on the woman where the sprout tail should be and began to "read the prayer." Naturally it was not long before the priest started caressing the naked buttocks of his wife before his eyes. The peasant opened his mouth to protest and thus broke the silence. And because of that his mare cannot be found.
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Bathsheba
Bathsheba, Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
PHOTO: Bathsheba, Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)
(Bethsabee) : Jean-Leon Gerome painting. Jean-Leon Gerome was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre (work of a painter) included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax.
PHOTO: The slave market, circa 1866, Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904)
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PHOTO: Slave market, 1867 (Hermitage), Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Mercat d'esclaus, 1867 (Ermitage), Jean-Léon Gérôme. Last modified on: 31 May 2015 at 22:28.

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PHOTO: Phryne before the Areopagus, 1861, Jean-Léon Gérôme (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904)
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