95/ Work in progress: The French Venus model 2.1.2

The revision of the Topical Catalogue Vol. 2.1 ‘The French Venus’, printed in 2009 within the collection ‘The Iconography of Venus from the Center Ages to Fashionable Instances’, is a piece in progress for a number of years. Artworks depicting Venus by French artistsare repeatedly 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 collection as described within the foregoing publish 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 listing [A,B,C] (2). They signify already 50 % of the present listing 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. Certainly one of them is entitled: ‘In regards to the authentic creator of an art work’.

Artworks made by the ‘workshop’of an artist are typically catalogued beneath the identify of this artist irrespective of the assistants working within the workshop. In the perfect case the art work is attributed to a pupil ‘after’an authentic of the well-known artist, whereas the unique shouldn’t be traced and should have been simply an ‘thought’ of the grasp. This was actually the case for a lot of works of assistants within the very massive workshop, counting 21 apprentices, of François BOUCHER, ‘Rococo Celebrity of the 18th century’ (3) (4).

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

  • Fig. 2 reveals an actual copy, additionally an oval format, of Fig.1 (103×87 cm) however is of a lot smaller measurement (13,5×11,6 cm);
  • the portray of Fig. 3 measures 177×77 cm whereas the copy in Fig. 4 is barely 66×51 cm;
  • the portray in Fig. 5 is a really massive oval of 113×86,4 cm, its copy in Fig. 6 is sort of 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 might be simply discovered within the catalogue pdf (2) by looking for their Report quantity R.


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

  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 printed as a draft pdf in Academia.edu

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

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

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