Richard Avedon
 

Richard Avedon

Today’s Featured Image Buster Keaton by Richard Avedon, 1952 Today’s category is Photographic Portraits. As I perused images under consideration for today’s post, this unattributed picture caught my eye. When I searched for its creator, I discovered, to my complete non-surprise, Richard Avedon took the photograph. I should have known. It...
For Real
 

For Real

Today’s Featured Image: I’m introducing a new category today. It’s called “For Real.” I see it as a sub-division of “The Dress is Everything” category. Only in this case, instead of a painting or an illustration, we get to study the actual garment in all its — let me stare...
Woman’s aesthetic or reform dress
 

Woman’s aesthetic or reform dress

Today’s Featured Image It delights me when clothing depicted in a portrait turns up because I love comparing reality with the artist’s representation. Today’s “For Real” object falls into this category. The dress, a brown pinafore made of wool “with a heavily, ribbed weave,” (think corduroy) worn over a silk satin...
Cindy Agan, Too Precise?
 

Cindy Agan, Too Precise?

Today’s Featured Image “Riesling” by Cindy Agan, 2009 Some of you know I am fascinated by representations of glass. I am not alone in this. Every realist painter has painted (or will one day paint) those little glass spheres we call marbles. (Don’t believe me? Check, I dare you.) Marbles...
Charles Willson Peale at his best
 

Charles Willson Peale at his best

Today’s Featured Image “Mother Caressing Her Convalescent Daughter” by Charles Willson Peale, 1818 In her art history blog, It’s About Time, Barbara Wells Sarudy posts several artists together on one page, grouping them under the same heading or category for comparison. For instance, one of my favorite posts was called...
Slash and Turn
 

Slash and Turn

Today’s Featured Image Porträt Isabel de Valois, dritte Ehefrau des spanischen Königs Felipe II (Portrait of Elisabeth de Valois, third wife of Spanish King Philip II) by Anthonis Mor, c.1560. Today’s category is The Dress is Everything, and I want to highlight this remarkable example of a European court dress...