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By Candlelight

By Candlelight

I’ve always been fascinated with high contrast. Baroque painters, building on the legacy left them by Da Vinci, among other Italian Renaissance heroes, experimented with cast light and its effects in a way not yet seen before the 17th century. The best of them was Caravaggio, and he had many followers, among them one Georges de La Tour. The painting above is a meditation on mortality, on life, on death, on the miracles one witnesses with or without a messiah…

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The Girl With the Pearl Earring

The Girl With the Pearl Earring

Jan Vermeer’s painting from 1665 is remarkable for what it says and doesn’t say.     I studied it in school many years ago, and have always loved it, but now see it differently, with a back story and another face there. A merger, a gap, a crossing. Scarlett Johansson stares back at me now. She didn’t then. I saw something else. I saw beautiful, lush brush strokes, vibrant, heated colors, and a woman who was bemused, experienced, perhaps even…

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