Slash and Turn
 

Slash and Turn

Today I want to highlight this remarkable example of a European court dress from 1560. The technique of slashing a bodice to show glimpses of a delicate cotton undershirt (called a chemise) is one we’ve seen in court paintings prior to this. But here, the lightweight cotton has been replaced by...
Bruce Munro
 

Bruce Munro

This is how Bruce Monro is described on his website: “British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured...
Annie Liebowitz
 

Annie Liebowitz

Annie Liebowitz took this photograph of Bruce Springsteen in Clichy, France, during his River Tour 2016. Currently, I’m reading Bruce’s memoir “Born to Run.” In it, he confessed he wanted to be one of the Beatles when he was a teenager. I wanted to be Annie Liebowitz. The photographic portrait...
The Dress is Everything
 

The Dress is Everything

    Zowie, what a stunning gown. This painting is by Federico Zuccari. It’s a portrait of “Margherita of Savoy, Duchess of Mantova,” c.1605. Holy Smokes, the gold brocade fabric, and pearl-encrusted jewels are impressive. I love the sleeves too. What really astonishes me is the time, care, and skill that...
Carl Dobsky
 

Carl Dobsky

Self-Portraits are often the strange uncle of the figurative universe, but today I want to present a contemporary figurative artist whose work is quite traditional. Take a look at Carl Dobsky’s “Self-Portrait” from 2004. Want to see more paintings by Carl Dobsky? Click here.  
Clifton Pugh
 

Clifton Pugh

Before this morning, I didn’t know anything about today’s featured artist. I simply liked his self-portrait. I decided I wanted to learn more about him and found an excellent new resource, which I highly recommend. It’s the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Honestly, if you’re into portraiture, it is...