Monday, May 16, 2011

William Etty (1787-1849)

William Etty (1787-1849) was an English academic painter who achieved considerable popularity in his lifetime but is now somewhat neglected. I wasn’t really aware of him until I read Peter Gay’s Education of the Senses book, which mentions him quite a few times in relation to 19th century attitudes towards the nude, and especially the nude and classical subject matter. Etty certainly painted nudes obsessively. Pandora is a painting I find strangely appealing.

William Etty, Andromeda, 1840

William Etty, Pandora, 1824

William Etty, Candaules, King of Lydia, Shews his Wife by Stealth to Gyges, One of his Ministers, as She Goes to Bed, 1830

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