Aria · Studies in Art History

Issue 1


Lilla Mátyók
The time of beauty. Giambologna's marble sculpture at the J. Paul Getty Museum as an artistic manifesto

URN: urn:nbn:hu-73824
Published: 2/18/2010

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Giambologna's bathing female nude, a marble of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, appeared on the horizon of international research only in the early eighties. This article aims to show that Giambologna's nude figure refers programmatically to Agnolo Firenzuola's criteria for perfect beauty, hence having a special role in the oeuvre of Giambologna. Through compositional analysis, the article shows how important the viewer's perspective is for the interpretation. Depicting perfect beauty is a reoccurring topic in 16th century Italian treatises on art, a debate in which Giambologna's sculpture is an important contribution. Perfect beauty needs time to manifest, which dimension is added by the viewer while circling the female nude. This makes sculpture the branch of art that is able of depicting flawless female beauty.

Recommended citation: Mátyók, Lilla: "A szépség ideje. Giambologna Los Angeles-i márványszobra mint művészi program", in: Aria 1 (2010), 5–18; URL: <> [last visit: 6/22/2018].

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