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, March 5, 2012
Did you know there were dress codes in fifteenth-century Italy?
Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012
I chose to learn more about Portrait of a Young Man by Jacometto Veneziano because I was fascinated by how the young man's black clothing blends into the dark background of the painting.
Posted: Friday, February 17, 2012
Do you know what the ideal woman looked like during the Renaissance?