No one before Bernini had managed to make marble so carnal. In his nimble hands it would flatter and stream, quiver and sweat. His figures weep and shout, their torses twist and run, and arch themselves in spasms of intense sensation. He could, like an alchemist, change one material into another - marble into trees, leaves, hair, and, of course, flesh.
- Simon Schama’s Power of Art. Bernini
This sculpture group #NowonView is full of drama and sensuality.
A depiction of the infamous Judgment of Paris, we see each of the three goddesses in a different state of undress.
Curator Anne-Lise Desmas gives the curatorial cred to an 18th-century collector, who commissioned the three goddesses after acquiring an ancient sculpture of Paris. More on the Iris.
Juno (1776), Venus (1773), and Minerva (1775), Joseph Nollekens. The J. Paul Getty Museum,
Pompeian Mural Painting - Third ‘Ornate' and Fourth 'Illusionism' Styles