Did you get a chance to look at the picture of Margaret Kemble Gage in yesterday’s post?
Gave me the chills.
Those eyes spoke of intelligence. The way the lips were skewed gave me a start. I felt like I knew something of her that I didn’t learn from the research I did. The painter, John Singleton Copley, managed to give us a window into her thoughts and emotions by portraying what he saw as she sat for him. Perhaps if I were an artist this wouldn’t strike me as so amazing. Or maybe it would.
I’ve seen several of Copley’s paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but I’m not sure I’ve ever done more than scan them as I moved through the room. Now, I want to go back to take a closer look.
But that isn’t going to happen right away and I’m impatient, so I went on the website, www.johnsingletoncopley.org, to take a closer look at his portraits.
I lifted a few of them from the website to give you a peek too. The captions are my first reactions to each portrait. My captions in no way represent the actual person (except the names are correct) or what Copley was thinking when he painted them. Purely my interpretations.
Do you see what I mean about the intelligence and emotion in their faces? What do you think about these portraits? About John Singleton Copley? About other portrait artists?
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