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Madame X

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In 1883 American portrait painter John Singer Sargent painted socialite Virginie Gautreau who was known for her beauty. A year later at the Paris Salon, the work caused a scandal because of Gautreau’s provocative dress and her suggestive pose. Originally one of the straps fell off her shoulder, but due to the public’s reaction Sargent repainted the strap. The painting can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Song for today: […]

Wild Things & Other Visitors

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My guess is that David Irvine has a pretty cool sense of humour. For his on-going series Re-Directed Art Irvine uses rejected, unwanted paintings and prints that he finds in thrift stores and yards sales and infuses them with new life. By adding new characters, often pop culture icons, the paintings are given a second chance. Sometimes he stays within the style of the original, but he might use a contrasting style to add that […]

One Day I’ll Fly Away

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Sensual they stand, half hiding behind their cover of feathers or delicate wings. Amy Judd‘s surreal paintings are peopled with mythical women that seem to come from such stuff that dreams are made on, not quite real yet intriguing. *These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and nature found in traditional mythologies and folklores. ᔥ Song for today: 16 Horsepower – Just Like Birds

La Nascita di Venere

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Thinking of beauty today, I remembered being lucky enough to see Botticelli’s Birth of Venus at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Even in print the image is mesmerizing; gloriously unapologetical, celebrating beauty. To be eye to eye with the superstar painting that I had seen in art books countless of times, it felt like meeting a very famous person. Seeing the touch of the artist in the wave of her hair, her alabaster skin and […]

Moved to Tears

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In an old family photo album, without names or dates, I find a postcard of The Assumption of the Virgin (1516-18) by Titian. The very same painting that moved me to tears in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. When I felt the artist speaking directly to me through the eternal quality of the altar piece, a whisper four centuries strong touching my heart ever so lightly. I wonder what this […]

Melun Diptych

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                        Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels Right wing of Melun Dyptich by French painter Jean Fouquet, 1450 * The model for the Virgin was a portrait of Agnes Sorel mistress of King Charles VII Song for today: Gotan Project – Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre)