The Collection at the BMA

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The object is an oversized bronze sculpture of a reclining, longhaired female nude with an up-turned face. The figure rests on a fabric which drapes over a twelve-inch high base. The surface has a warm brown patina. The whole sculpture currently rests on base that raises it 21 inches off the ground. In this sculpture, Botero reinterpreted the odalisque, merging characteristics of primitive fertility goddesses with the voluptuous women of Rubens, Renoir, or Titian. Botero concentrates the heft in his figures at their center to attain the highest degree of volumetric expression and linear precision. His figures have been dubbed "Boteromorphs." Botero's art reflect the culture of his native Medellín, where pre-Columbian aesthetic traditions intermingle with the lingering influence of medieval Spanish Catholicism. Botero has also absorbed the influences of Diego Rivera, Henri Matisse, and others.

Reclining Nude

Society Emblem (drung mgbe), Ejagham people, Republic of Cameroon, and Nigeria, African, fiber, skulls, wood, horns, gourds, leather, and patina

Society Emblem (drung mgbe)

Helmet mask with janus face on helmet, surmounted by equestrian figure hunter/warrior figure positioned on circular platform.

Epa Mask

Rug with elaborate interlocking "Oriental" motifs in red, black, cream, gray, and brown, reciprocating T pattern in border.

Rug (Early Crystal style)

Ornette, Bob Thompson, oil on canvas

Ornette

Amphora-shaped vessel with repeating diamond and dot, negative-resist patterns.

Vessel