Erotic depictions of women in drawing, painting, sculpture and photography from the dawn of man to the present.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Harem Venus: Odalisque by Francesco Paolo Michetti

Odalisque (1873)

Agent Triple P is off to Constantinople for a week, where he is looking forward to getting reacquainted with his particular friend B, who he has not seen for several years.  She has promised to show him some new belly-dancing moves!  We will not be able to post while we are there, probably.

Self portrait (1877)

In the meantime, here is a Turkish-style odalisque (the lowest grade of girl in the harem) by Italian painter Francesco Paolo Michetti (1851-1929)  Michetti originated in the Abruzzo region of Italy and after studying at the Academia in Naples moved to Paris to continue his studies, exhibiting at the 1872 Paris Salon.  In 1883 he bought an old convent building, back in Abruzzo, as his studio and home and took much of his inspiration from the local people and landscape.  He also exhibited in Milan, Naples, Berlin and at the first Venice Bienalle.  For the last twenty years of his life he lived as a virtual recluse and stopped exhibiting. 


  1. There are currently protestors in Turkey right now. And it's Istanbul, not Constantinople. And when is Pubic Wars due?

  2. There are always protesters in Istanbul! It was Constantinople at the time of the painting and anyway it reminds me of the opening of The Third Man! Next Pubic Wars is almost done!!