Ghirlandaio: Giovanna Tournabuoni

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Domenico Ghirlandaio Portrait of Giovanna de’ Tornabuoni, 1489, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum/h6> Giovanna is shown in stiff profile illuminated by a searching light. Her sumptuous costume and elaborate hairstyle as well as the few objects displayed in the minimalist background are realised with hard-edged clarity. The rigid profile was a favoured format for Florentine portraits of […]

Whistler: Symphony White Barber

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J. A. M. Whistler Symphony in White, No.III, 1865-67, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts Two women, one in white the other in a light cream dress, seem to be consumed by introspection – ennui pervades their listless postures. To the left the young woman with red hair subsides onto one elbow and stares out […]