Tag: Portrait

Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander – James Whistler

Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander – James Whistler

What makes Whistler’s portrait Harmony in Gray and Green Miss Cicely Alexander special? Many things… including:

  • Butterflies and muted tones = bros
  • Disappearing into the woodwork
  • Whose jacket brings the green to Harmony in Gray and Green?

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret by Ingres

What’s the story behind this Count’s smug mug?

  • Son of a revolutionary lady
  • The challenge of Amédée David the Comte de Pastoret
  • Bad reputation and Legion of Honor
  • Symbols vs. substance

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Madame de Pastoret and Her Son – Jacques Louis David

Table of Contents for art blog on Madame de Pastoret and Her Son:

  • Aristocrats vs. revolutionaries
  • Symbols in Madame de Pastoret and Her Son
  • Working mothers of the French Revolution
  • Prison, exile, and a missing needle

Portrait of a Young Man in his Study by Lorenzo Lotto

Portrait of a Young Man in his Study by Lorenzo Lotto

My blog piece about the painting Portrait of a Young Man in his Study explores:

  • Details as personae in the Young Man in his Study painting.
  • Lorenzo Lotto’s secretive, telling lizard.
  • This Young Man’s dating profile.

Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael (Raffaello)

Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael (Raffaello)

In this piece on Lady With a Unicorn by Raphael you’ll find answers to:

  • Frequently Asked Questions including, “Who is the woman portrayed in the Lady With a Unicorn painting?”
  • What do Unicorns represent?
  • Why does Lady With a Unicorn have such a smudgy looking example?
  • What’s the story behind Lady With a Unicorn?

Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady by Antonio Allegri

Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady by Antonio Allegri

In this piece on Portrait of a Lady by Correggio I answer these questions:

  • What’s the symbolism in Correggio’s Portrait of a Lady?
  • Why is Portrait of a Lady a significant painting?
  • Who did Correggio paint in Portrait of a Lady?

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet

Bonjour Monsieur Courbet by Gustave Courbet

Here’s why Bonjour Monsieur Courbet was kind of a big deal.

  • Characters details in Bonjour Monsieur Courbet.
  • Courbet’s giant ego.
  • Courbet’s prominent landscape.
Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) by Gilbert Stuart

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

Fancy lady, Catherine Brass shines in her portrait as Mrs. Richard Yates thanks to:

  • A jaunty and proud lady mustache.
  • Attitude, guts, class, and of course…. money.
  • Gilbert Stuart’s portrait mastery.

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

The Death of General Wolfe by Benjamin West

Learn truths behind the false spectacle of West’s painting The Death of General Wolfe such as:

  • The General’s bloodless blouse after a three musket ball death.
  • Soldiers paid to be in this history painting.
  • And the surprising answer to Frequently Asked Question, “Why did Benjamin West paint The Death of General Wolfe?”

American Gothic by Grant Wood

American Gothic by Grant Wood

In this art blog post about American Gothic by Grant Wood, I discuss:

  • The surprising history behind America’s most recognizable painting.
  • The character of, and characters in, American Gothic.
  • Burning Frequently Asked Questions, like “How much is American Gothic worth?”

The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth

The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth

This piece about The Drifter by Andrew Wyeth includes the following topics:

  • Who’s The Drifter?
  • Behind Wyeth’s portrait picks.
  • Overwhelming emotion and isolation
  • Frequently Asked Questions such as, “What’s the painter Andrew Wyeth most known for?”

Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister

Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister

Check out the mad skills of painter Rosalba Carriera in Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister:

  • Carriera’s fame and success in 18th century Italy.
  • Sisters with intimate, interdependent lives.
  • A pastel spotlight in the secret Medici Tunnel.
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions like, “What’s the story behind the women in Self Portrait Holding a Portrait of Her Sister?”

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach the Elder

Find out more about the painting A Princess of Saxony such as:

  • Why’s she so cranky?
  • Costume or casual wear?
  • The truth about children…
  • Plus Frequently Asked Questions including, “What makes A Princess of Saxony by Lucas Cranach an important painting?”

Countess Golovina by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

Countess Golovina by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

This Portrait of Countess Golovina shows why Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was a beloved artist. She captured the friendly essence of even the haughtiest aristocrat.

Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers

Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers

This painting, Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers meditates on love versus art. Art wins the contest here. This piece works as a rumination on the self and identity too.

Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso

Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso

What the painting Girl Before a Mirror by Pablo Picasso is all about:

Time and growing old in Girl Before a Mirror.
Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter.
Duos like day and night or the sun and moon.

Sad Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp

Sad Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp

Hans Holbein’s painting Portrait of the Artist’s Wife with Katherine and Philipp reeks of reality. He used all his artistic magic as Henry VIII’s court painter. That work elevated his status. But it also made him a neglectful father and husband.

The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Caravaggio

The Cardsharps by Michelangelo Caravaggio

Caravaggio tells a compelling story in The Cardsharps painting. Our newbie in the green sleeves at front plays the leading man. He cares the most and this intensity makes us feel for him. This shows Caravaggio’s hand. He’s pulling for the kid.

Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef by Francis Bacon

Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef by Francis Bacon

Why Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef by Francis Bacon is so famous.

Bacon’s power, horror and Pope obsessions.
Raw meat means vulnerability in Head Surrounded by Sides of Beef.
People love Francis Bacon’s shocking, screaming Popes.

Paul Revere Painting by John Singleton Copley

Paul Revere Painting by John Singleton Copley

Why Paul Revere the painting by John Singleton Copley matters:

Is Paul Revere‘s portrait political?
Why John Singleton Copley skipped town soon after painting this.
Paul Revere‘s powerful blouse.

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

Las Meninas By Diego Velázquez

The iconic Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez gives us an intimate perspective on a secret world. This portrait of Spain’s King Philip IV reveals the inner court with resonant details.