John Gibson (1790-1866), The Tinted Venus, 1862, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Photo by ketrin1407, 19 July 2012. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Gibson_(1790-1866)_-_The_Tinted_Venus_(1862)_upper_front_left,_Walker_Art_Gallery,_Liverpool,_May_2012.png

Tinted Venus – Painted Aphrodite – Coloring the Past (72)

Tinted Venus by John Gibson, 1862
Tinted Venus by John Gibson, 1862, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Many sculptural works from the ancient world were once beautifully colored. This is an excerpt of my gallery talk “Coloring the Past” in the Art Institute of Chicago from March 9, 2017. Here we discuss the original polychromy of the famous Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxiteles and the 1862 Tinted Venus by English sculptor John Gibson.

This recording comes complete with all the juicy, unscripted, live-action museum gallery accents of noisy kids, beeping proximity alarms, and echoing reverb. Please forgive the poor sound quality.

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