L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Great ladies of the north - Winterhalter and the Romanov women

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, daughter of Nicholas I, sister of Alexander II, 1857.
 Empress Maria Alexandrovna, née Princess Marie of Hessen und bei Rhein, wife of Alexander II, 1857.
The Dowager Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, née Princess Charlotte of Prussia, wife of Nicholas I, mother of Alexander II, 1856.
Vintage photograph of the study of Alexander II in the Winter Palace, the portraits of his wife and mother seen above hang on the wall.
Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna, née Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the former wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Pavlovich, 1848.
Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna, née Princess of Saxe-Altenburg, wife of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich, 1859.
Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, née Princess Charlotte of Württemberg, widow of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, 1862.
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, Crown Princess of Württemberg, daughter of Nicholas I, sister of Alexander II, 1856.
Winterhalter's sketch of/for the above portrait.
The Grand Duchess, now Queen Olga of Württemberg, 1869.
Queen Olga of Württemberg, state portrait, 1865.
 Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, daughter of Alexander II, 1871.


Lithograph of Winterhalter's portrait of Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna, née Cäcilie Auguste,
Princess and Margravine of Baden, wife of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich, 1857.
The original painting has not been seen since World War II and is presumed lost.
Vintage photograph of the original portrait hanging in one of the rooms of Empress Maria Alexandrovna in the Gatchina Palace.
A lithograph of another portrait of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, at one time hanging in her mother's
bedroom in the Winter Palace, and also last seen at Gatchina and believed lost, circa 1856.
Vintage photograph of the Empress Maria Alexandrovna's dressing room in the Winter Palace. The 1871 portrait of her daughter hangs behind her
desk, center, while the portrait on the right looks to be another Winterhalter portrait of the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, location unknown.
This would appear to be a very poor copy of the painting seen above right.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Latin Lover" / "Confirmed Bachelor" - early portraits of Cesar Romero

Cesar Julio Romero Jr. (15 February 1907, New York City – 1 January 1994, Santa Monica), American actor, singer, dancer. The son of Cuban parents, he was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years. Never married, never seriously linked to any woman, but the constant public escort to many of Hollywood's great female stars; lived almost continually with various members of his family - especially his sister - his entire life; nearly inseparable from his BFF, the promiscuous and notoriously bisexual Tyrone Power; make you own conclusions. One of Hollywood's great gentlemen - elegant, poised, always flawlessly dressed - it's ironic that he'll probably only ever be remembered as the garish Joker from Batman.

Photographs by Carl Van Vechten. (Four images.)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mes bijoux - a selection of jewels and jeweled objects, details from my work

I love historical jewelry - I'm a painter - I love to paint jewelry. The very qualities that make precious stones fascinating to look at - reflection, refraction, translucence, shine, etc. - make them fun to paint as well. Another thing that makes the process fun for me is that I get to design the jewelry that I include in my work. The settings of my paintings span quite a long timeline - the 1500s through to the 1950s - so I've had plenty of opportunity to design pieces that are appropriate to a great variety of time periods. My pedantic heart loves the research this requires, and feels a good bit of pride that I "get things right."

Sorry to say that none of these objects actually exist. Nowhere other than in my grandiose imagination, that is. This is only a selection; I was shocked at how much there was when I started collecting these details. Many of the images here are actually very much enlarged from the original. Others are reduced.

"Faux-bergé". (Three images.)
Of course this isn't jewelry at all, but what with the delicacy of the pattern and the iridescence of the beading, it ends up rather jewel-like.
My faux-Cartier, or faux-Boucheron.
A châtelaine.
Pendants from a hair ornament.
No, again not actually jewelry or jeweled, but....
From a just finished painting. Though I love Elizabethan jewelry, the aesthetics are very different than mine; this was a challenge. (Four images.)
Perhaps needless to say, these are very much enlarged. I really enjoy how crude - but still correct - my work looks when magnified like this.