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Friday, June 6, 2014

Bath time Venus: by Virgillio Tojetti

Bath Time (1897)

Here is an enticing bath time nude by Italian born, but later American resident, Virgilio Tojetti (1851-1901).  

Tojetti was born in Rome, the son of Domenico Tojetti, who was also a painter,  Tojetti initially studied under his father but then moved to Paris and was a pupil of Gérome and Bouguereau, whose influence is obvious in this painting. In 1871 he moved to San Franciso before re-locating to New York in about 1883, where he spent the rest of his life.  

Hotel Savoy, New York

He painted murals as well as paintings, notably in the Savoy Hotel, New York (built in 1892 and demolished in 1927) and the Ponce de Leon Hotel in St Augustine, Florida (now part of Flagler College) where his murals still exist.

This gorgeous nude, with her spectacular auburn tresses and langorously displayed body is actually unusual in his output.  It is a shame he didn't do more paintings like this.

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