|Self-portrait with a Palette, 1878, Edouard Manet, |
artist deification to the tune of $35 million.
|Jan Vermeer Self-portrait|
|Allegory of Faith, 1670, Jan Vermeer|
|Allegory of Faith (detail). Most of the problems |
are in the lower portion of the painting.
First of all, the painting is larger than he was accustomed to working. His female figure, emoting melodramatically before a painted crucifixion, which occupies the major portion of his background, is relatively smaller than those in any of his other "female" paintings. Moreover, her pose, leaning against a draped altar, her foot resting uncomfortably high upon a globe, is decidedly unfeminine, seemingly unstable, anatomically awkward at best, even bordering on the impossible, given her modest height. To the right of this stylishly dressed female figure symbolizing faith is a gold chalice, an open Bible, and a towering crucifix. Her foot, resting upon the globe, symbolizes the trampling of worldly temptations. At her feet lies a "sinful" apple and a serpent, its head crushed, its blood spewing across the familiar checkerboard marble of Vermeer's studio floor.
|The complete (albeit somewhat fuzzy) works of Jan Vermeer.|