La Naissance de Vénus

La Naissance de Vénus (“The Birth of Venus”) — Alexandre Cabanel, 1863.

So remember what I said about the Academy’s values and style? This is it right here, in a nutshell: soft tones, mythological nudes, everything airbrushed and idealised. Cabanel was very good at the so-called Academic Style, it paid well, and he was famous. In addition, he was a Big Man in the Academy salons, and a sworn enemy of Manet, Courbet, the Impressionists, and others trying to bring fresh ideas to an increasingly stale status quo.

15 May 2022

  • Camera: ILCE-7M3
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter: 1/30 s

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