Sculptures of Shiva in human form began to appear in Khmer art in the seventh century, probably in response to the rising popularity of the Vaishnava cult that celebrated Vishnu as a king-like divinity, accessible and benign. Khmer 7th-8th c.
Alexandre Cabanel (French, 1823–1889). Echo, 1874. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mary Phelps Smith, in memory of her husband, Howard Caswell Smith, 1965 (65.258.1) | In Greek mythology Echo is the beautiful nymph who falls in love with Narcissus, a handsome youth who loves only his own reflection.
Attributed to Charles Le Brun (French, 1619–1690). Seasons and Elements (Air) (set of four), ca. 1683. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1946 (46.43.4) | Commissioned by the marquise de Montespan (1641–1707), the hangings were probably embroidered at the Parisian convent of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Providence, which also executed other royal projects, including furnishings for Versailles. #paris