Friday, October 29, 2010

The Modern Woman

Portrait of Mrs. Grace Dalrymple Elliot by Thomas Gainsborough

Last weekend, we journeyed to see Thomas Gainsborough and the Modern Woman at the Cincinnati Museum of Art, a truly wonderful museum.

The Modern Woman featured sixteen of Gainsborough's portraits depicting renowned society women of eighteenth century Britain, most of which were life-sized and full -length, wearing finely detailed, glamorous gowns in rich, silken fabrics. Some were posed in scenes of nature, reminding us of Gainsborough's famed identity - that of a highly acclaimed landscape painter.

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