Monday, August 23, 2010

goya, the duchess of alba

Jerry Saltz picked Goya's Duchess of Alba as one of his favorite paintings in NY. He points out the intensity and attention invested in the black gown, a color that is near impossible to master on its own. I was taken by the idea that this painting of a woman, so tenderly rendered, was meant to signify 'unrequited love,' if only we were all spared of such a terrible location for the heart. The inscription at the bottom translates to 'only Goya,' speaking to the isolation of such love. How is it that all of this is present in this painting?

source: nymag

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