Jacopo Caraglio

‘Loves of the Gods’ (British Museum)

Mercury at the left stepping over Aglaurus, Herse’s sister, who tries to prevent his approach to rape her as she lies naked in bed with her legs apart; a copy after Caraglio’s engraving, in the same direction Engraving.

Jacopo or Giacomo. Engraver of copper and hardstones, and later in life a gem-engraver, goldsmith, and perhaps also an architect. b. Verona. In Rome in 1526, collaborating with Rosso. In 1527 fled to Venice, where he worked until 1537, engraving after Titian and others. By 1539 in Poland, where worked for the court until his death on 26 August 1565.

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The Origin of the World, Courbet


“L’Origine du monde” is an oil-on-canvas painted by French artist Gustave Courbet in 1866. It is a close-up view of the genitals and abdomen of a naked woman, lying on a bed with legs spread. The framing of the nude body, with head, arms and lower legs outside of view, emphasizes the eroticism of the work.