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Monthly ArchiveAugust 2004

Elisabeth Vigée Lebrun, study on Pajou


40cm x 50cm. Oil on board.

From a sculpture by Augustin Pajou – 1783 -. Phillip Carrero.

Bust of Vigee Le Brun – 1783
Artist: Augustin Pajou (1730-1809)
Terra-cota Bust of Vigée Le Brun, Musee du Louvre
Artist: Augustin Pajou enjoyed a long and continuing success as a portraitist spanning the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Empire. He was Louis XVI’s official portraitist and he completed many psychologically penetrating portrait busts of some of the greatest and most interesting figures of his age. He is best know for his bust of Louis XV’s mistress Madame Du Barry


Augustin Pajou is known mainly for  directing the decoration of the Versailles opera house.


Oil depiction of Augustin Pajou. Bust of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. 1783. Terracotta. Musée du Louvre. Paris, France.

Hercules And Antaeus, study on Giambologna

HERCULES AND ANTAEUS50cm x 82cm oil on canvas board.

Study based on Giambologna’s sculpture work. Phillip Carrero.

The small bronze portrays Hercules, recognisable by the lion’s pelt tied around his waist, as he raisesAntaeus from the ground and crushes him.
The subject refers to one of the innumerable exploits tackled by the hero, as narrated in the myths. While he was travelling through Libya in quest of the golden apples, Hercules had to confront the giant Antaeus, son of Neptune (god of the sea) and Gaia (goddess of the earth), who obliged all travellers to fight with him, after which he invariably killed them. In fact Antaeus was invulnerable as long as his feet were on the earth, and hence was in contact with his mother. Consequently Hercules lifted him off the ground, and then suffocated him by crushing him against his own body.
The bronze is set upon a triangular base, which is balanced in turn on three tortoises.

Maria Barberini Duglioli, Study On Finelli

DSCF072611 x 16. Graphite stick drawing on cartridge paper, Phillip Carrero.

The remarkable technique of Finelli gave him a distinctive approach to portraiture. In the bust of Maria Barberini Duglioli, Urban VIII’s niece, he made the lace collar a ‘tour de force’, indeed, this bust was originally kept in a wire cage to protect the perforations of the lady’s collar, the flower in her curly hair, her ropes of pearls and her clasp with the Barberini family’s armorial bee. Portrait busts of women have always been comparatively rare, and Finelli’s work in this case conformed to the accepted formula by focusing on the accessories, leaving the expression vague and the eyes blank. Apparently, Bernini subcontracted this bust to his assistant in 1626, promising to recommend Finelli to the Pope for future employment. None was forthcoming, but the bust raised the standard for female portraits, becoming a touchstone for subsequent works.

Billy Graham

Billy Graham 0450 cm x 50 cm, oil on primed board. Phillip Carrero.

Since his ministry began in 1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and territories on six continents. He called them crusades, after the medieval Christian forces who conquered Jerusalem.

-“When Billy Graham first came to Australia in 1959 he had a tremendous impact upon Christian people in the community in general. His crusades were well attended everywhere he went.The crowds in Sydney filled both the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Sydney Show Ground. In Melbourne the largest crowd that had ever gathered until that time had gathered in the Melbourne Cricket Ground with 120,000 people present. They were allowed to not only pack every seat in the grandstands but also in the grass and far surpassed the previous highest attendance, which was during the Olympic games.”-
Rev. Gordon Moyes,  Australian Short Stories


Sydney Anglican Brian Quinsey who became a Christian at the 1959 Crusade in Sydney:
“Prior to the 1959 Crusade, I had virtually no contact with church. My interests were rugby, surf life saving and going for a drink with the boys.”Mr Quinsey, who attends St Philip’s, Caringbah, attended the 1959 Crusade as a 20-year-old with his wife, Beverley, his parents and his younger sister.”We had to all sit separately because the seating was so full. I went out the front to make a commitment then I looked around and saw that all five of us had gone forward at the same time.””I became aware that God was there but I had never given him the place he ought to have in my life,” Mr Quinsey says.Close to 10,000 people came forward at Billy Graham’s last crusade.”
… exerpt from Brian QuinseyBilly Graham and the last crusade.

In this small portrait I meant to do the hands expressive as I saw an advantage in showing them in a focal plane.