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95/ Work in progress: The French Venus model 2.1.2

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The revision of the Topical Catalogue Vol. 2.1 ‘The French Venus’, revealed in 2009 within the sequence ‘The Iconography of Venus from the Center Ages to Fashionable Occasions’, is a piece in progress for a number of years. Artworks depicting Venus by French artistsare constantly added to the digital analysis assortment and their cautious categorization of metadata is a time-consuming exercise, following the identical methodology utilized in all six catalogues of the sequence as described within the foregoing put up of 20th Could 2020 (1).

The primary Quantity 2.1 of 2009 counted solely 2997 artworks of 977 French artists. The current model counts 4,394 artworks (sculptures, reliefs, work, frescos, drawings, prints and illustrations) by 1,434 recognized artists, born or educated in France. The categorization is confirmed for 725 artists with surname within the alphabetical record [A,B,C] (2). They symbolize already 50 % of the present record of 1,434 artists. Subsequent variations will lengthen and proper the compilation and categorization accordingly.

Problems with compilation:

 grasp and pupil

 In Half I : Define, previous to the Guideline of the Catalogue, a number of problems with compilation are mentioned. Considered one of them is entitled: ‘In regards to the unique creator of an paintings’.

Artworks made by the ‘workshop’of an artist are typically catalogued underneath the identify of this artist regardless of the assistants working within the workshop. In one of the best case the paintings is attributed to a pupil ‘after’an unique of the well-known artist, whereas the unique is just not traced and will have been simply an ‘thought’ of the grasp. This was definitely the case for a lot of works of assistants within the very giant workshop, counting 21 apprentices, of François BOUCHER, ‘Rococo Celebrity of the 18th century’ (3) (4).

Considered one of them was Jacques CHARLIER (1720 – 1790) with 39 works depicting Venusin model 2.1.2 ( 17 works in Quantity 2.1). A number of 8 work attributed to BOUCHER (uneven numbered Figures) and CHARLIER (even numbered Figures) exhibits the close to similarity of those works, however with totally different codecs and dimension:

  • Fig. 2 exhibits an actual copy, additionally an oval format, of Fig.1 (103×87 cm) however is of a lot smaller dimension (13,5×11,6 cm);
  • the portray of Fig. 3 measures 177×77 cm whereas the copy in Fig. 4 is simply 66×51 cm;
  • the portray in Fig. 5 is a really giant oval of 113×86,4 cm, its copy in Fig. 6 is nearly rectangular (107×102);
  • Fig. 7 is once more a big oval of 96,5×82,8, however its precise copy in Fig. 8 is a miniature with diameter of solely 7,9 cm.

The metadata of those works may be simply discovered within the catalogue pdf (2) by trying to find their Document quantity R.


1.     1.     See put up of Could 20, 2020 : “Categorization and metadata of 20,000 artworks: an on-going venture” 

  1. 2.TThe French Venus – A topical catalogue of artworks and their repetitions -Model 2.1.2 With a revision of artists [ List A, B, C, D, E-F, G, H-I-J-K, L, M,N-O, P, Q-R, S, T, U-V, W-X-Y-Z ]’ is revealed as a draft pdf in

    3.     See put up of February 24, 2020 “François BOUCHER:the Rococo Celebrity of the 18th century (2). and his Imitators” 

    4.  Submit of March 9, 2020 “From chaos to synthesis in artwork historical past with a little bit little bit of numerical evaluation”

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