This sleeping naked nymph or maenad is inspired by part of a small sculpture group by Falconet. This is the second stage of an oil painting, which began as a sketch in dilute burnt umber. The support is an MDF board primed with acrylic gesso and a thin transparent layer (imprimatura) of raw siena.
The finished painting may be viewed by clicking on the little picture.
Click for an animation to see how the painting was made, from preliminary sketch to finished painting.
A maenad is another name for a bacchante, an ecstatic follower of Dionysos, god of wine.
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