Warning: Long post, with many images, some quite large.

A year ago, scrolling through Caravaggio paintings, I saved files of his “Narcissus” as soon as I saw it. I was sure I’d want to make a manip of it one day. That day has come.

For this post, the discussion of the painting will come first, after which I will make a few reflections about Frodo in the finished manip. After the manip will come Jan-u-wine's poem, Unbroken, for which this manip was made. A "making of" section concludes the entry.

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This is the fourth "Frodo Art Travesty" I have made from a Caravaggio painting. Since FotR was first screened, viewers have seen a connection between Frodo and this painter's work. Six years and one day ago, Marian Kester Coombs wrote a review of FotR in which she compared film-Frodo’s face to one painted by Caravaggio. Other fans have likened him to "a Baroque angel". In an oft-quoted excerpt from her review, Coombs wrote,

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Oh, squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would never find a painting that would inspire me to make another Art Travesty manip. But, while I was in my "Frodo Art Travesty" album, adding the titles, dates, and artist's names for each manip, I had to check a few things in Google art sites. In the process, I found there was yet another, earlier version of Cupid and Psyche painted by William Bouguereau. The result? More manips. I will present the original from last year, plus two versions of the new one.
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~ Here is a work-safe crop of the manip I made last year, from Bouguereau's 1895 "Abduction of Psyche":

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Frodo and art fans, here are the two manips I made from it this evening, each preceded by a work-safe version, for the purposes of posting them in the "browser version" that appears for my Friends List.

I love how Psyche is really, really swooning in the version below. (And who would not?) I adore the ravishing blue colour of Cupid's draperies, too, not to mention the stirring suggestion of an upward sweep, or thrust, to those drapes. *Oh, yes* (Obviously, this Cupid means business once he gets Psyche up to his bower on Mt. Olympus.)

~ Frodo as Cupid in Bouguereau's 1889 Cupid and Psyche, Frodo facing Psyche, work-safe crop:

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~ Frodo as Cupid in Bouguereau's 1889 Cupid and Psyche, face forward, work-safe crop:

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Blame it on Pearl...

Yesterday, Pearl sent me an image of a statue by the Italian Neo-classicist artist, Antonio Canova (1757 - 1822). It was a detail of a scuplture, but I was sure I recognized the piece. I Googled around and found it. Here it is:

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That is Canova's "Venus and Adonis," c. 1794. Canova would have been 37 years old at that time. Ah, talented young men. Aren't they fascinating? I researched some bio material on him, of course....Read more... )


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