Monday, February 4, 2008
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Jean Fouquet's Virgin and Child, right half of Melun Diptych, a painting from circa 1450
I don't think Fouquet quite had a complete grasp of foreshortening as the Child appears to be floating.
I would call this an example of a Gilligan's Island boob job : a boob job that appears to have been done by the Professor from Gilligan's Island by inserting a coconut under the skin.
It seems the model was King Louis VII's mistress Agnès Sorel. I would have guessed that Jean Fouquet couldn't find a single female model in all of France so he substituted a pair of grapefruits. He included a large enough space between the breasts to add a third if he had so wished.
Angels painted bright devil red and dark blue? Um, okay then.