Carnevale di Venezia
 

Carnevale di Venezia

Today’s Featured Image: It’s January 8, and the Mardi Gras krewe parades have already begun to march in New Orleans. Thousands of tourists are lured to NOLA each year to party and play during the two-month lead up to Fat Tuesday. Its origins, traced to medieval Europe, passed through Rome...
Dorothea Lange, the art of social engagement
 

Dorothea Lange, the art of social engagement

Today’s Featured Image   Dorothea Lange took this photograph in Tulelake, Siskiyou County, California in 1939. It is a picture of a woman sitting in a ramshackle truck while holding a grimy baby on her lap. She is with her family. It is one month after leaving South Dakota, and...
The Photographic Portrait
 

The Photographic Portrait

Today’s Featured Image: I had to kick off today’s category, “The Photographic Portrait,” with this image. Here we have a photograph taken by Annie Liebowitz 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...
Carl Dobsky
 

Carl Dobsky

Today’s Featured Image 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.  
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...
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...