African Venus

If you missed it, we posted two new stories to www.locdlife.com. Read them today!

This beautiful sculpture, named African Venus, was created by French sculptor Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier (1827-1905). African Venus was one of several pieces that established him as an ethnographer, or one who studied and modeled various peoples of other cultures.

A young African woman served as the model for this piece in 1851. Regarded as a powerful expression of nobility and dignity, this sculpture proved to be highly popular: the casts for this and a companion one of an African man were acquired by the Museum of National History in Paris and also by Queen Victoria. These bronzes were esteemed by 19th-century viewers as expressions of human pride and dignity in the face of grave injustice. Said Cordier, “The most beautiful Negro is not the one who looks most like us.” This piece is in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

African Venus was done in 1851. Looking closely, one cannot overlook her beauty and her hair. Is it locs? Looks like it to us. That only adds to her stunning beauty.

(Thanks to Yekutiel Azor for bringing this piece to our attention!)

Advertisements

One thought on “African Venus

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s