The Panthers and The Nudes

Two bronze sculptures that just went on display at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK seemed to have finally given up their secret.

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Nude bacchants riding panthers” about 3 feet tall each (c.1506–08) (all images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless noted otherwise)

Which one of these is not like the others. Proving who created this work, also referred to as the “Panther-Riding Drunks”, was long debated but ultimately the honors have gone to  Michelangelo one of the most recognizable and famous artists of the Italian Renaissance. However, when looking at his works like the “David” or the “Sistine Chapel” many refused to credit him as the artist that created these sculptures.

The Bronzes have been “attributed to various circles and schools since their first documented appearance, in 1878 in the collection of Baron Adolphe de Rothschild. The sculptures have been exhibited only a handful of times…but based on new scientific evidence, as well as close analysis…and an invaluable clue from a sheet of one of his disciples’ sketches, Cambridge University professor emeritus Paul Joannides and Victoria Avery, the keeper of applied arts at the Fitzwilliam, have attributed the puzzling pair to the Renaissance master.”

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Unknown draughtsman after Michelangelo Buonarroti, “Sheet of studies with the Virgin embracing the Infant Jesus” (c.1508) (Musée Fabre, Montpellier; ©)

Researchers Avery and Joannides state this drawing, made by an unknown artist after originals by Michelangelo, records the nude riding a panther on the lower right hand corner and “proves that Michelangelo was actively engaged with the very unusual subject of muscular nude men riding panthers and, he was doing so in the first eight years of the sixteenth century.

The work depicts a definite pagan subject  – Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, celebration, nudity and drunkenness.

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Detail of “Nude bacchants riding panthers” (c.1506–08)

While the figures seem to clash, anatomical and well muscled male nudes with stylized panthers that look like they were created from a mix of mythical felines, the researchers say that they way they fit together proves this work was created and intended to be a cohesive unit.

A beautifully odd albeit slightly humorous piece that may be Michelangelo’s only surviving metal sculptures

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Detail of “Nude bacchants riding panthers” (c.1506–08)

The length of time it took to credit Michelangelo with this work may have been partly due to the artists own documented views on bronze sculpture he had later in life. He did not look favorably on the medium and “classed it with painting, and was thus of a lower order than carving.”  Michelangelo’s aesthetic disclaimer had been “taken as gospel by the vast majority of his biographers and commentators” leading most to believe that Michelangelo was not a maker of bronzes.

Now, For Something Completely Different

Video

Spontaneity. I was planning on a completely different post for today but was inspired by blogger Don Charisma. This was one of my favorite scenes from the hilarious movie Team America, I can’t believe I almost forgot about it!

*Warning some semi-graphic puppet deaths 😮

Fun Feline Friday! Sing It, Wear It, Sleep It

Well, it’s Friday and if that’s not enough to make your day how about some Fun Feline Finds?

Lets start off with a video featuring a great 80’s tune, a sweet cat (mandatory) and super talented kid. I found this a while ago and absolutely LOVE it, it’s happy, fun, CaTchy, well done and mandatory silly.  This is from Three.co.uk who have an obvious flair for good marketing and use of cats.

Click on the link below to see Sing It Kitty!Cat Video, Sing It Kitty, UK. adverstising, cat commercial. UKhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXy6JElmgHU

If you are feeling inspired, you can even make your own video solo or with a friend here at SingItKitty. This one will remain at the top of my fav cat videos…for now 😉

Next on my list is something I found while out and about today and it’s perfect if you are heading off somewhere for the weekend or overnight – heck it’s just a fun item to tote your stuff around in. Le Sport Sac Large Weekender in the Hiking Day Print.

cats, cat prints, le sport sac, feline print bagsIf you love the idea of proper little cat-like people in hats, dresses riding bikes about a quaint little town then you should pick this up. Le Sport Sac also offers multiple styles in this adorable, chic print.

Finally, everything is going 3D these days from movies to TV’s  but how about bed sheets? 3D bedding is all the rage (who knew?) and Beddinginn online store offers some crazy, kitschy 3D digital print bed sheets including duvet covers, pillow shams, flat sheets – ensuring you or a loved one is covered in big cats.

Tigers, Leopards, Lions, Panthers, Cheetahs – oh my!

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