Saturday, December 19, 2009
On Thursday, Matt and I went to the museum. It really helped cheer me up.
I've only been to the Nelson-Atkins once before, and I was so fascinated by the European Renaissance art that I spent my entire visit in about three rooms. I had seen a few things that really stuck with me, and was thrilled to learn this time that I was allowed to take photos so long as I didn't use flash.
I didn't bother trying to take many photos of the full pieces, as it doesn't make a very nice picture:
So instead, I took snippets. Huge post ahead.
Can you imagine these shoes as closed-toed, high heel, knee-high boots? I could wear them with my red vintage dress, like this:
Yes, I am finding fashion ideas in a religious moral painting. Bad?
I take less blurry photos than...
... Matt does.
She is supposed to be a modern-day Persephone...
... who has killer shoes.
Here is where I totally geeked out:
This was done by John Singer Sargent, who also painted the scandalous Madame X portrait. I've been reading a fantastic book about him and Madame X (Amelie Gatreau) and have gotten a bit obsessed with the subject. I went a bit nuts when I looked over at the plate and realized I was admiring his work. See, now I'm torn, because I want to push you to read the book but don't want to seem like I'm shoe-horning in an Amazon link. Ah well.
The book truly is fantastic. It talks about Sargent's path as an artist and Amelie's as a famous beauty, and the racy portrait he painted of her (with a dangling shoulder strap!!!!) that shocked Paris. It destroyed her reputation, and nearly ended his career.