~ William Etty
c. 1840 A life-room sketch, rather than intended to illustrate a specific subject, this epitomises the freshness and immediacy of the nude studies Etty painted at the Royal Academy throughout his career, long after he was a student there. Millboard was the artist's favoured support for such life studies, and the way he frequently allows the extremities of his models’ limbs to be cut by the edge of the support, as here, may be regarded as a signature feature. After Etty's death the vast number of life-room studies remaining in his studio were sold at Christie's over seven days, 6-13 May 1850, and the present work appears to have been one of their number.
Livre Comœdia illustré : numéro exceptionnel sur L'après-Midi d'un Faune.
A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF AN ATHLETE
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
This Over-lifesized, standing in contrapposto, well modelled Roman marble torso of an Athlete, Circa 1st - end Century A.D. has often be quipped as the Yves Saint-Laurent Athlete. Yves Saint Laurent (1936-2008), acquired it prior to 1974 and held it until it was sold as lot 680 from the Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé; Christie’s, Paris, 25 February 2009, catalogue.
Portrait of Franz Liszt, by Henri Lehmann, 1839
“I find little in the works of Beethoven, Berlioz, Wagner and others when they are led by a conductor who functions like a windmill.”
— Franz Liszt
Attributed to Pellegrino Tibaldi, Studies of Two Ignudi Flanking a Cartouche, c. 1543-9
Shah Abbas I of Persia, embracing his wine boy. The poem reads “May life grant all that you desire from three lips, those of your lover, the river, and the cup.” (1571-1629)