Serpent's Egg

The Eroticism of Fat Men

An orgy of wine, lust and sublime beauty 3

titian-andrians

The Andrians, apart from the sleeping nude, echoing the pose and position of Bellini’s Lotis, and the minor god who, having created the river of fine wine that has so seduced the citizens of Andros, now lies on a bed of vine leaves on the hillock to the left, idly masturbating, is far less immediately erotic than the painting by Bellini to which it is linked by landscape.

In the ideas it gave to Poussin and Rubens and to Titian himself in his development of the female nude as an independent subject, it is remarkable enough, but in reaching from Giorgione to Watteau in its Cytherian mood it is quite astonishing. Andros in now a holiday island in the Cyclades and the river of wine no longer flows.

Brian Sewell

Evening Standard 28 Feb 2003

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