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  1. Oath in the Nude

    Once again, Jacques-Louis David has brought sexy back.  If only in this case the final painting remained as sexy.

    Jacques-Louis David, preparatory drawing for The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, pen, brown and black ink, brown wash heightened with white over traces of pencil.  Musée national du Château de VersaillesJacques-Louis David, preparatory drawing for The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, pen, brown and black ink, brown wash heightened with white over traces of pencil.  Musée national du Château de Versailles

    Just look at those pulsating muscles, firm glutes, and well-groomed nether regions!  The high degree of finish in some of the faces and hands in today’s WTF object always strikes me as remarkable.  David’s masterful preparatory drawing is one of several made for his famous painting, The Tennis Court Oath.  Here’s how Wikipedia describes the event:

    The Tennis Court Oath (Serment du jeu de paume) was a pivotal event during the first days of the French Revolution. The Oath was a pledge signed by 576 of the 577 members from the Third Estate who were locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General on 20 June 1789. They made a makeshift conference room inside a tennis court located in the Saint-Louis district of the city of Versailles, near the Palace of Versailles.

    David’s sketch focuses on four faces: Edmond Dubois de Crancé (gesturing like Hitler), Père Gérard (praying), the Count of Mirabeau (awestruck), and Antoine Barnave (the hottie at right).  See how the same detail evolved in the finished version below.

    Jacques-Louis David, The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, oil on canvas.  Musée Carnavalet, ParisJacques-Louis David, The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, oil on canvasMusée Carnavalet, Paris

    Jacques-Louis David, The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, oil on canvas.  Musée Carnavalet, ParisJacques-Louis David, The Tennis Court Oath (Le Serment du Jeu de Paume), 1791, oil on canvasMusée Carnavalet, Paris

    Just for fun, check out this Flickr image that presents a dialogue in Spanish between today’s sexy men.

     
     
    1. arpetrelly reblogged this from wtfarthistory
    2. therealshebang reblogged this from wtfarthistory and added:
      Jacques Louis David was a hottie himself ;]… who drew the pope naked .__.
    3. paintedpeacocks reblogged this from wtfarthistory and added:
      Once again, Jacques-Louis David has brought sexy back. If only in this case the final painting remained as sexy....
    4. tajflova reblogged this from wtfarthistory
    5. smokeandsong reblogged this from wtfarthistory and added:
      So interesting!
    6. keeperoftheleaves reblogged this from victrazing
    7. victrazing reblogged this from wtfarthistory and added:
      Let’s not forget to notice the dude...far left, grabbing his chest
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