Posted: Monday, May 14, 2012
Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012
Virginie Avegno Gautreau (Madame X) was twenty-four when John Singer Sargent painted her portrait. He originally painted it with the right strap of her dress hanging off her shoulder, but the work received such criticism at the 1884 Parisian salon exhibition that he later repainted the strap. When Sargent sold this portrait to the Met, he asked the Museum to title the work Madame X so that she and her family would not be shamed by the painting's reception.
Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012
Madame X is painted in profile, much like many of the Italian Renaissance portraits that we've studied. Yet unlike the Renaissance portraits, this work presents a full-length view of its subject, Madame Pierre Gautreau.
Posted: Monday, March 5, 2012
Did you know there were dress codes in fifteenth-century Italy?
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012
Did you know that, at one point, this young man had a halo?