Sunday, October 20, 2013
"Tucson Museum Photos"

Like last week, it started with this week's Photo Friday theme. I took two different meanings of the theme "Heavenly", 'delightful' and 'heaven' as a Christian concept and combined them. I find art museums delightful, so I chose a gallery of Christian art. That got me digging in old photo archives and I found more paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection which I'd never shared.

Portrait of the Marchesa Cunegondu Misciattelli with her infant son and his nurse, 1930
Oil on Canvas, by Horace Vernet, b. Paris, 1789 - d. Paris, 1863
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.013.027
(From the info card

A laughing young man holding a wine jug and a roemer, 1620s
Oil on canvas, by Christiaen van Couwenbergh, b. Delft, the Netherlands, 1604 - d. Cologne, Germany, 1667
Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund 1994.014.001
(From the info card)

The Countess von Schönfeld with her daughter, 1795
Oil on canvas, by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, b. Paris, 1755 - d. Paris, 1842
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 1961.013.009
(From the info card)

Detail of Le Brun's painting
"The daughter and pupil of a minor Parisian painter and wife of an art dealer, Vigée-Lebrun specialized in the portrayal of women and childrens. Her images are renowned for being attractive and charming. The untranslatable word doux (sweet, cute, gentle) occurs often in her autobiography, Souvenirs de Ma Vie, as she was charmed by one or another sitter throughout her career. That affection comes through in her portraits of aristocratic women (less frequently men) and the resulting images reflect her views on the sweetness and simplicity of life." (More info here)

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