Ladies in Blue
 

Ladies in Blue

I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to share the beautiful images I’ve collected. Generally, I’m not a fan of compilation blogs because images often lack an attribution. Tracking down the artist or photographer can be time-consuming and frustrating, but I insist if you’re posting an image, you must...
Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

In New Orleans, the Mardi Gras krewe parades begin marching early in the year. They start slowly at first, once a week or so in January, and as Lent approaches they slowly ramp up to several each day. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during...
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...
Sunshine on the Carnevale
 

Sunshine on the Carnevale

These extravagant costumes and the mystique of hiding behind a silent persona draw me in. There’s plenty of information online about the history of the Carnevale di Venezia. I’m posting this image, because of the beautiful shining light it evokes. Blessings. NF Today’s music selection: The Walk by Eurythmics, 1983
Woman’s aesthetic dress
 

Woman’s aesthetic dress

It delights me when clothing depicted in a portrait turns up online because I love comparing reality with the artist’s representation. Today’s 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 blouse, is an example...
Alphonse Mucha
 

Alphonse Mucha

Today’s image is a lithograph by the Czech painter, Alphonse Mucha, titled “F. Champenois Imprimeur-Éditeur,” 1897. It was originally an advertisement for a printing business. If you study Mucha’s works, you’ll see he often reworked elements of earlier pieces for the many designs he produced. He re-used this image for...