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Thursday, September 9, 2010


Today is a two-fer.
Both pieces have the same name and were painted during the same century; a mere 31 years apart! Though, I've only seen one up close.
An odalisque is a female attendant to wives and concubines in the Ottoman Empire

The Grand Odalisque by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres is one of my favorite works and is housed in the Louvre, where I got to see it for myself.
Odalisque by Natale Schiavoni was painted in Italy by the self-taught engraver and painter.
What I love about both pieces are the richness of the colors and the beautiful women, their expressions hiding sensual secrets.

Thanks goes to Wikipedia and Gardner's Art through the Ages for providing information, images and inspiration.

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