Tag: National Gallery of Art

Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) by Gilbert Stuart

Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) by Gilbert Stuart

Wife of a rich New York merchant, the Mrs. Richard Yates portrait judges. We can see it in her wise expression. It’s also clear that she cares little about being judged. After all, this portrait shows her with intact flaws as well as perfect eyebrows and luxurious silks

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley

The painting Watson and the Shark tells a dramatic story. So much so, it made the painter famous. Before this John Singleton Copley painted portraits.

This changed his work. No longer painting gentlemen and lady portraits, he became a storyteller.

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The little girl in A Princess of Saxony seems weird at first. She’s got that impossibly high 1500s forehead. The iconic Queen Elizabeth had one too. As did most lady court portraits in those days. That’s because big foreheads were a sign of intelligence and class in the 16th century.

Two Women at a Window by Bartolomé Murillo

Two Women at a Window by Bartolomé Murillo

Two Women at a Window tells a story within a natural frame. It’s the tale of two specific women. But the story also speaks of the two sides within all women.