The Cholmondeley Ladies c. 1600-1610
I saw this in the Tate Britain when I was in London at the end of last year. In person you can see it’s fairly large (about 3.5’ tall), and the glossy paint shines under the museum lights. I stood in front of it for a long time. It’s just such a weird and compelling double portrait. The artist is unknown. Here’s a short description from the Tate’s website:
“According to the inscription (bottom left), this painting shows ‘Two Ladies of the Cholmondeley Family, Who were born the same day, Married the same day, And brought to Bed [gave birth] the same day’. To mark this dynastic event, they are formally presented in bed, their babies wrapped in scarlet fabric. Identical at a superficial glance, the lace, jewellery and eye colours of the ladies and infants are in fact carefully differentiated. The format echoes tomb sculpture of the period. The ladies, whose precise identities are unclear, were probably painted by an artist based in Chester, near the Cholmondeley estates.”
Somewhere in east-ish London.
I’m staying in and painting this evening. I’m sad I don’t have a scanner so I can easily share my progress. My little point and shoot camera doesn’t take good pictures without natural light. Maybe tomorrow when it’s day time (not that it will be sunny, but it won’t be pitch black outside my windows at least).
A couple of days ago I saw this painting in person at the National Gallery (I’ve visited so many amazing works of art these past two weeks!). It’s St. Michael Triumphs over the Devil by Bartolomé Bermejo (1468). Click here for an interactive version, where you can zoom way in!
(Derp, sorry, last time I post this! It kept looking wrong.)
When you see it…
These little guys mysteriously hang out on the side of this building near our flat in Islington. There’s a framing store on the same block that features one of these figures in its window display, perched on a framed Banksy print, so maybe a little less mysterious?
Click any photo to enlarge.
EDIT: bohemia-is-without-a-sea suggests that this is the work of Slinkachu. Good call! What do you guys think?
Today I visited the Wellcome Collection, where artist Felicity Powell has curated an exhibit called “Charmed Life: The solace of objects”. This fascinating collection “is the result of the artist Felicity Powell’s engagement with a collection of 1400 amulets assembled by the Edwardian amateur folklorist Edward Lovett.” You can browse a tiny handful of these amulets here.
Not only did Powell thoughtfully choose and group these amulets (there were so many!), but she also incorporated her own work into the exhibit; the works above were featured with the amulets. Each piece is a tiny, delicate wax sculpture on the back of a mirror. These were magical in person. Click on each one to see it a bit bigger.
My artistic endeavors have been largely unsuccessful lately, but this I’m not horrified at. No scanner in London. Photos will have to suffice.
EDIT: Better photo now.
Temporary workspace. Working on a glass tabletop is the worst.
Some doodles from the past few days. While I’m here, I’m supposed to be making little paintings for a show that happens right when I get back to the Bay Area. Unfortunately, I’m feeling distracted (by this awesome city) and a little uninspired.