Friday, August 15, 2008

Five on Friday: Manet's Olympia

Of course, Manet himself was inspired by the Venus of Urbino, but there's no excuse for any of this...

Mel Ramos, Manet's Olympia 1972

Paul Spooner's automata, from The Southern Arizona Chapter of the arizona designer craftsmen

Susan Herbert, After Manet II; Olympia (detail)

Archemedes, Manet's Olympia Found in Translation, from Worth1000

Rosalind Trigg, After Manet's Olympia (Borzoi), from


Ros said...

Come now, where's your sense of humor? Olympia was not so much an homage to the Venus d'Urbino as a magnificent comedic gesture! Up until that time, artists had painted nudes in mythological terms and settings, rendering them acceptable for public consumption. Manet used as his model a well-known prostitute, painted her with a bold, in-your-face attitude and named her "Olympia," all very tongue in cheek. This bold move on the part of an artist already established in the traditional French Salon made him a cause celebre in the underground art world from that time forward, hence so many light-hearted references to it by so many painters. Read up on this--a delightful story that makes this exquisite painting even more piquant!

Rosalind Trigg, perpetrator of "After Manet's Olympia"

marcos gonzales said...

It's ridiculous to compare Mel Ramos with these other hacks.