Gossaert’s Portrait of a Merchant (Take a Closer Look at Art, 1)

Years ago I heard a great lecturer talk about several wonderful pieces of art. Unlike other lecturers and writers I’d heard, she didn’t discuss the significance of the works for the history of art or the information they could provide about the socio-economics of the … Continue reading

Cut-throat Politics in the Palm of Your Hand (Favorites at Washington’s National Gallery, 9)

One of the genres of that reappeared during the Renaissance was portraiture: hundreds of  meticulously executed paintings have survived. Sculptured portraits are far fewer, and sculptured portraits with added color are even less common. One of my favorite painted terracotta portraits is … Continue reading