Friday, May 21, 2021


This Etty work puzzles me.  There appears to be a second man mostly outside our field of view who is grabbing the primary subject by the hair while he's sitting on a stool.  Primary guy seems to be fending off the attacker with his left arm.  Leaves me wondering if this is cropped from a larger piece, and on top of all that, it reminds me of a Roman mural I saw somewhere I can't remember.



  1. This work has a "primitive" air about it. The body is less well drawn than in his other works.

  2. Yes, there is a strong Roman influence in this work. perhaps inspired by his year in Italy. That face is like a Roman theatrical mask.