Tuesday Tunes: A Girl Like You

Birth of Venus

 by Sandro Botticelli, 1486

Uffizi Gallery

Florence, Italy

 

 

 

 

Liberty of Poetry

by Pio Fedi, 1870

Santa Croce

Florence, Italy

 

Atop playwright Giovanni Battista Niccolini’s tomb in the basilica of Santa Croce is a statue remarkably similar to New York’s Statue of Liberty.

Both depict a woman in neoclassical robes with a crown of rays, standing on a broken chain, her right arm uplifted.  Pio Fedi started to design the Florentine statue, known as Liberty of Poetry, in 1870.  It was the same year in which Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, designer of the New York Statue of Liberty, was in Italy, fighting alongside General Garibaldi during the Franco-Prussian War.

 

The Coronation Portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

by Unknown English artist

oil on panel, circa 1600

National Portrait Gallery

London, England

 

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

Front view

Marble

by Antonio Canova (1757-1822)

Musée du Louvre

Paris, France

 

Venus Bordeaux, 2001

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

by Jim Dine

(American, b. 1935)

Bordeaux, France

 

The Kiss

Bronze

by Auguste Rodin

Outside the Musée de l‘Orangerie

Paris, France

 

13 Comments »

  1. Oh gosh what a glorious gallery of beauteous beauties …. I don’t think I can possibly pick a favourite and your choice of song is such an unexpected juxtaposition…. a wonderful post which has left me smiling and smiling 🙂

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  2. Wow! This was a special treat. Thank you, Tonya! Seeing art is always the best. When I saw Birth of Venus, I was shocked at the enormous size. I was equally shocked at the small size of the Mona Lisa.

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